McIlroy confident despite missed cut

25 February 2021 21:26:22 GMTPlus10

Rory McIlroy is hoping to use missed-cut misery as a springboard for success in Florida when he tees it up at this week's WGC-Workday Championship.

The Northern Irishman is bidding to become only the second player to complete the World Golf Championship clean sweep. He has won the other three WGC titles – the Bridgestone, Matchplay and HSBC-Champions – but only Dustin Johnson has managed to win all four.

That is a major incentive for McIlroy at The Concession Golf Course and he hopes last week's flop at the Genesis Invitational will work in his favour.

McIlroy's missed cut at Riviera – by a massive seven shots – was his first since an emotional early exit from the 2019 Open Championship on home soil at Royal Portrush.

The following week, however, he finished fourth at the FedEx St Jude Invitational, continuing an impressive trend of rebounding from missed cuts.

Six weeks before that he had failed to make the weekend at the Memorial Tournament but hit back with a commanding victory at the Canadian Open. And in 2018 he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational just days after a missed cut.

"I know the last two missed cuts I've had I went and played well," the 31-year-old four-time Major winner told reporters. "I won Canada and I bounced back after Portrush.

"It's funny, it's going to sound really weird. I worked so hard the week before Riviera but I felt so unprepared to play, if that makes sense. I was thinking way too much about the golf swing last week, even when I was out on the course. I need to play with more freedom."

The four-time major champion is 15.00 to win the WGC-Workaday Championship.

McIlroy is 2.40 to win his first-round three-ball up against last week's Genesis winner Max Homa and world number three Justin Thomas.

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