Rory McIlroy rates his season out of 10 and reveals one thing he rues in 2023

Rory McIlroy gives a verdict on his season after wrapping up a fifth Race to Dubai on the DP World Tour.

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Tue, 14 Nov 2023
Rory McIlroy rates his season out of 10 and reveals one thing he rues in 2023

Rory McIlroy has given his season a score out of 10 ahead of competing in his final event of the year at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. 

McIlroy, 34, arrived at Jumeirah Golf Estates earlier this week safe in the knowledge he has wrapped up a fifth Race to Dubai title on the DP World Tour.

That puts him just one Order of Merit title away from late great Seve Ballesteros and three off the all-time record set by Colin Montgomerie. 

McIlroy has now twice successfully defended the Race to Dubai having also done it in 2015. 

He won his first in 2012. 

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Speaking to the media ahead of his final event of the year and McIlroy was pressed on his overall season the past 12 months.

It was a season that brought two victories at the Dubai Desert Classic and Scottish Open, the latter of which is a co-sanctioned event on the PGA Tour

There was disappointment with a MC at The Masters, the final major he so desperately wants to win in order to complete the career grand slam, but McIlroy did go on to finish in the top 10 in the next three majors. 

In total, McIlroy had 13 top-10 finishes in 2023 on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. 

McIlroy also performedly admirably at the Ryder Cup when becoming the top points scorer (taking 4 points from 5) en route to helping Luke Donald's Europe regain the famous trophy at Marco Simone in Rome. 

So with all that in mind, what would McIlroy score his 2023 season out of 10? 

McIlroy told the media in Dubai: 

"Yeah, probably give it a 7 out of 10. Played good golf. I had the two wins. I think the big -- I had my best-ever Ryder Cup, which feels like a win to me, especially coming off the back of Whistling Straits."

He does have one big regret though. 

Missing out by one stroke to Wyndham Clark at the US Open

McIlroy added: 

"I've been happy with the year. If I looked back on one thing, I'll rue that miss at L.A. I had a great opportunity there to pick up another major and I didn't. But I'm still not going to let that take away from the fact that it's been another really consistent, solid year with some really good performances.
"I'm feeling like my game is in as good of shape as its ever been throughout my, whatever it is, 16-, 17-year career. I'm happy with that, and try to finish this year off on a high and play well this week and reset and get ready for 2024."

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