No weekend worries for Rory

18 June 2020 20:33:45 GMTPlus10

Rory McIlroy has dismissed fears that he struggles to cope with the pressure when it comes to being in contention on a Sunday.

McIlroy shot a dismal final-round 74 when in the hunt at the Charles Schwab Challenge last week, leading some to speculate about his mentality going into the final 18 holes.

The world number one started Sunday just three behind 54-hole leader Xander Schauffele at Colonial but dropped a shot at the opening par-five, the easiest hole on the course, before finishing 32nd.

There's so many guys in contention. Putts lip in. Putts lip out.

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy, who had previously finished in the top five on all six PGA Tour starts this season, also shot a 73 to blow a winning opportunity at the Genesis Invitational in February.

However, the Northern Irishman fired a final-round 61 to win the Canadian Open last season and also closed with a 66 when bagging a $15m cheque at the Tour Championship at East Lake in 2019.

The 31-year-old, who has won four Major championships, tees it up at the Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links this week.

Speaking in pre-tournament press, he appears unconcerned about his final-round failings

"It's not like I've necessarily shot bad scores on Sundays," said McIlroy. "I got off to a couple of bad starts in some final groups, but I still was able to come back and shoot scores in the 60s. So, no, I'm not worried about anything.

"There's so many guys in contention. Putts lip in. Putts lip out. There's so much stuff that happens. You just have to go out there and focus on yourself and, again, try to shoot good scores."

McIlroy is 13.00 to win the Heritage and 13.00 to win the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in August.

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