Rory McIlroy will be glad to see the back of 2013 as it has been a year to forget for the Holywood man on the course and a tough one of course as well.
Two incredibly poor rounds in the BMW Championship at the Conway Farms course in Illinois of 77 and 78 were followed by consecutive 68’s to finish 7 over par. But those 68’s were too little too late for McIlroy as he misses out on the end of season money spinner the FedEx Cup series.
After signed a $200 million contract with Nike at the start of the season it was downhill from there on. Trouble settling into his new clubs and issues with his management and his high profile private life has meant that McIlroy has had a year when his golf has not been the main focus and it has told where it matters: on the golf course.
McIlroy has a four week break before he returns in the Kolon Korea Cup with a further six tournaments before the end of year to give himself a chance to shake off the cobwebs and face into the turn of the year building up a head of steam. This could see him return to his old ways of being a favourite for backers at sites like bwin.
These end of season tournaments are seen more as business opportunities but McIlroy should apply the professionalism that saw him emerge as a world star to these jaunts in an effort to get himself back on track. He is still only 3/1 to win any major next season.