Rory McIlroy says something Luke Donald will NOT want to hear before Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy explains his go-to shot is completely different to normal just two weeks before the Ryder Cup.

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Sat, 16 Sep 2023
Rory McIlroy says something Luke Donald will NOT want to hear before Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy has revealed an unusual thing has happened with his golf swing this week in that his go-to shot has now turned into a fade during the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

McIlroy two-putted the par-5 18th in the spotlights to card a 71 and narrowly play himself into the weekend on 1-under par.

That leaves the Northern Irishman languishing nine strokes off the pace currently set by his potential European Ryder Cup playing partner Ludvig Aberg and his Swedish compatriot Sebastian Soderberg.

As you can tell by his 36-hole score, McIlroy is nowhere close to his A-game in Virginia Water so far this week.

Much of that has been down to a number of shots ending up left of his target, particularly in the second round.

McIlroy pulled his short approach shot into the water on the par-4 8th, which led to a double-bogey six, and he then drove into the bushes way left down the par-5 12th, which led to a bogey on what is deemed one of the easier holes at Wentworth. 

The World No.2 told a pool of reporters after his second round that his go-to shot has now become an unusual one for him this week. 

Not something European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald will particularly want to hear about just two weeks away from the biennial contest with the United States in Rome. 

McIlroy said: 

"I did a bit of work on Wednesday afternoon, just my clubface and my path are a little too far apart, putts are too far to the left, clubface is getting a bit too far to the right.
"A bad shot is like that right shot but sometimes if I try to over-correct it, but the face and the path don't match up, like I did on 12. Just a little bit of work.
"I don't feel like it's too far away. I feel like my go-to shot at the minute is a fade, which is a little unusual for me. My sort of first instinct is to aim right of the target and play a draw, but if that's not coming truly to me, then it just takes me a little while to get used to aiming the ball either at the target or left of the target and just letting it come back out."

McIlroy will be heading off to Mykonos for a mate's stag do following the BMW PGA.

Donald responded to that last week. 

Groups were taking 5 hours and 30 minutes in the second round of the BMW PGA.

McIlroy told reporters that pace of play was "a complete s*** show"

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