Prolific pro golfer and new dad Rory McIlroy admits to being mentally and physically exhausted
Rory McIlroy threw his three-wood in the trees near the New Jersey toll freeway on the ninth tee at the Liberty National Golf Course on Monday. He was frustrated with his shot and his game off the tee, but McIlroy admitted at the BMW Championship on Wednesday that he felt both mentally and physically fatigued.
He estimated that since his return to golf in June 2020, at the Charles Schwab Challenge, he had played in 33 events. By playing next week and in the Ryder Cup, he will compete in 34 tournaments over a 15-month period.
“This morning I was tired. Look, we all had a long week last week as well, but just making the effort to get out of bed and arrive at your departure time at 7:20 am, it worked. took a little while. more effort today than usual, “said McIlroy.” But yeah, just everything. It’s a lot of golf. It’s hard to feel fresh at this point in the season, it all kind of catches up with you. “
McIlroy admitted he probably played more golf than he should have.
Playing in this week’s BMW Championship, after playing until Monday in the Northern Trust due to rain delay issues, McIlrory said he spent 10 minutes at the airport and drove straight to Baltimore to stay on property for this week’s tournament. He was asked about his impression of the city and he didn’t get much of an answer because he didn’t have time to understand everything.
Part of that burnout is due to playing as much as he has, but also being a new dad and trying to balance his work and parenthood given the number of trips he takes. must do during the season.
“It’s changed a lot. I want to spend a lot more time at home,” McIlroy said. “I wanted to come home even between these two events, so I flew out of New York on Monday night so I could spend a night in my own bed on Monday, spend a few hours with (her daughter) yesterday – a few hours with her and Erica – and then I got on the plane yesterday afternoon Yeah, any luck I have to get home, especially at this point in the season where we’ve been so much absent, I will seize it. “
McIlroy needs to manage his time and be more efficient than ever, especially this month with the Ryder Cup just around the corner.
He admitted feeling exhausted but has already planned his schedule ahead of the game against the Americans, which begins on September 24. McIlroy will play this week, next week at the TOUR Championship, then take a two-week hiatus to prepare for the Ryder Cup.
McIlroy currently sits 28th in the FedEx Cup standings and only the top 30 enter the TOUR championship. He will have to play well this week at BMW to make sure he doesn’t have a longer break than expected.
“I was sort of planning to go to Wentworth to play BMW (European Tour event on September 9), but it’s just too much travel and, with what’s to come with the Ryder Cup, yes it’s a long week, ”McIlroy mentioned. “It doesn’t matter if you’re in Europe or the US in particular, I haven’t missed a session (Ryder Cup) yet. So let’s say I’m replaying five sessions, yes that’s a really long week. So the two weeks off after the Tour Championship is going to be much needed, and I’ll go there well and refreshed and ready to give it my all. “