PGA Tour winner: Rory McIlroy is a "Greek god" but time is no longer on his side

Rory McIlroy's major drought will enter a 10th year after a tie for sixth at The Open.

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Mon, 24 Jul 2023
PGA Tour winner: Rory McIlroy is a "Greek god" but time is no longer on his side

Rory McIlroy is running out of time if he wants to add to his haul of four major championships, according to Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee.

McIlroy chalked off his third consecutive top-10 in a major with a T6 at The Open on Sunday at Royal Liverpool, but it now marks a ninth straight year for the Northern Irishman without a major championship win. 

He finished the week with a 68 but it left him on 6-under par and seven strokes behind winner Brian Harman

Despite McIlroy still leading the PGA Tour's driving distance charts this season, Chamblee, a one-time PGA Tour winner, believes the four-time major champion no longer has time on his side now at the age of 34. 

Chamblee said on Golf Channel: 

"I know you think he's ripped and he is ripped, but you reach your physical prime at 26, 27 years old. You look at when soccer players are dismissed from teams, it's far earlier than you would think because they have statistics that show you've reached your statistical prime. I'm talking about mental, I'm talking about optical acuity, all these little things touch nerves, speed. I realise he's ripping it and he looks like a Green god, but I'm talking about, at 34, he doesn't have as much runaway in front of him as he did when he won his last major."

Is the man himself worried? 


"I don't think that way [negatively]," said McIlroy following his T6 at The Open. 

"I think about trying to go and win a fourth FedEx Cup, a fifth Race to Dubai and win a fifth Ryder Cup. 

"I just keep looking forward."

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