McIlroy heads home declaring “I don’t want to see my clubs for a week”

Bernie McGuire
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McIlroy heads home declaring “I don’t want to see my clubs for a week”

Rory McIlroy (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

A clearly tired-looking Rory McIlroy left Memphis headed straight home to Florida declaring he did not want to see his golf clubs for at least a week until his next Tour stop in New Jersey.

For a third day running, McIlroy travelled ‘Route 66’ in posting a four-under 66 for a 10-under par tally and an eventual top-15 finish in continuing hot conditions at the WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational on the TPC Southwind course

And for a third round in succession, McIlroy recorded five birdies and one bogey as he had done on both Friday and Saturday, with Sunday’s birdies arriving at the first, third, fourth, sixth and ninth holes. McIlroy’s only bogey was at the 13th, sandwiched among eight inward pars.

“Looking back, it feels like a week that could have been,” he said. “The thing is that 12 of the 13 guys who played in the Olympics last week each lost their three-ball matches on the first day, so jet-lag was pretty prevalent among those who had been competing in Japan.

“Though once I shook that off after my opening 72, I played well shooting 66 each of the three days while after today’s start, I could have shot anything, maybe a 62 or a 61. The game is there and I feel really good but just looking forward to a week off and then get back at it for the Play-offs.”

In fact, McIlroy has played four events in four weeks on three different continents with appearances in the Scottish Open, The Open, Olympics and Memphis. And there was no real surprise when asked what his plans were this coming week.

“I’m not doing anything, at all, and I don’t want to see my golf clubs until I get to New Jersey for my next event.”

Joining McIlroy also with a well-earned week off is fellow Irish Olympian Shane Lowry who produced a closing round 70 for a six-under par tally. Lowry also managed five birdies but the tell-tale ‘I also need a rest’ sign was three bogeys and an 11th hole double-bogey in making an unwanted splash at the island green hole. Lowry looked set for a top-25 finish at six-under.

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