Despite a relatively disappointing season for Rory McIlroy which saw the Northern Irishman finish with no silverware for only the second time in a decade, the 28-year-old believes he is a better player now compared to when he won his majors in 2011-2012.
McIlroy completed an injury-hit 2017 season at the Dunhill Links yesterday with a round of level par, a tournament which he said “summed up my whole of 2017...not much happening”.
"I feel I'm a much better player than I was in 2011 and 2012, when I was able to win a couple of majors," said McIlroy, who last won a major at the 2014 US PGA.
"I feel I can do better than that in the next 10 years and that's why these next three months are very important for me to put some really good things in place, step away and just reassess where I'm at and where I need to be.”
The Nike and TaylorMade staffer was blighted by injury in 2017, which saw him slip down the rankings while others rose.
"The landscape of the game has changed a bit since I started to win majors,” he added. “You have young, hungry guys now who are fearless and playing the game how I basically came out and played a few years go. It's about gaining an advantage again here and there. Just reassessing everything and making sure I'm not leaving any stone unturned and do everything I can to get back to (being) the best player in the world."
McIlroy will take six weeks off, and will concentrate on getting fit and healthy before next term.