Paul McGinley has suggested that Rory McIlroy should take a break from golf after his early exit from the Masters.
McIlroy finished six over par on Friday at Augusta National, missing the cut by three shots. The Northern Irishman has not won a Major tournament since 2014 and has slipped down to 12th place in the world rankings.
Former Ryder Cup captain McGinley was speaking on Sky Sports, and suggested that time away from the sport may be exactly what McIlroy needs to turn around his poor run of form.
“It was a perfect shot, it was dead straight!” 😂
Rory McIlroy’s tough start to the 85th Masters was also painful for his dad, who was hit in the leg by a stray shot from his son on the seventh hole! pic.twitter.com/Mkz8kVROMQ
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“He’s starting to doubt himself, confusion in his swing and nobody’s ever played well with a whole lot of thoughts in your head. There’s a lot of work to be done,” McGinley explained.
“I think the best thing for Rory is a few weeks in the sunshine on a beach somewhere and clear his head. Sometimes the harder you try at this game the harder it gets, no matter how talented you are.”
Coming into the Majors with a new swing.
Tiger Wood’s former coach Butch Harmon was also commentating for Sky Sports, and agreed with McGinley’s evaluation of McIlroy.
The 31-year-old recently added Pete Cowen to his coaching team, and while Burton is a big fan of the Englishman, he was unconvinced about McIlroy’s change of swing under his new coach right before the Masters.
“Rory’s out of sorts. I agree with what Paul said – a couple of weeks off down in the Bahamas with the family, just relax, get away from golf and then come back with a fresh outlook,” Harmon commented.
“I said coming into this week it was going to be difficult bringing a new golf swing into a major championship. First of all, bad shots are part of the process, as we’re seeing.
“The difficulty is when you come in with a new swing you don’t have the confidence in it – it works on the range, for practice rounds. That doesn’t mean anything until you have to put it in play.
“To have made the change right before coming into a major. Was that the right thing to do? I don’t know. He picked the right guy, that’s for doggone sure. He’s had success with everybody he’s ever touched.”