What's going on with Rory McIlroy? Report: "He's antsy and bored"

Rory McIlroy is reportedly 'bored' of 'ho-hum' PGA Tour events and is eager to begin the 2024 major season, according to this report.

What's going on with Rory McIlroy? Report: "He's antsy and bored"
What's going on with Rory McIlroy? Report: "He's antsy and bored"

Would it be unreasonable to suggest there's something going on with Rory McIlroy?

He made a good start to the year by turning in a decent performance at the Dubai Invitational followed by a fourth victory at the Dubai Desert Classic. 

Had it not been for one loose swing at the crucial moment, he likely would've ended his stint on the European-based tour with two victories. 

Turning his attentions to the US, McIlroy put in a pretty ordinary performance at Pebble Beach before the signature PGA Tour event was washed out. 

It was a similar story for McIlroy as he posted a T-24 finish at Tiger Woods' Genesis Invitational. 

McIlroy had started the tournament well but a double bogey followed by an immediate triple in round one summed up his week. 

He never really got going. "Thursday wasn't ideal," he later said. "Pebble was a bit of a write off."

Beyond his on-course performance, McIlroy appears to be attempting to keep his media interviews to a minimum. 

He wasn't scheduled to speak to the media before Tiger's event, which was strange given his pull. 

McIlroy spoke to reporters in-between rounds, but the questions were strictly about his on-course performance in flash interviews. 

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McIlroy did hop in the commentary booth on Sunday evening to offer Scottie Scheffler some words of advice

But his demeanour in recent appearances has caught the eye of many golf fans. Is something up?

One X user put it to the reporter Alan Shipnuck in his most recent Q&A series that there is something going on. 

"Something is up with Rory," the user wrote. "What is it?"

Shipnuck offered his theory:

"Over the last decade the guy has won everything you can possibly win around the world: the Players, the Race to Dubai, the FedEx Cup, tournaments from China to Scotland to Canada to Korea to Ireland.
"Obviously the only thing missing is more major championships.
"Imagine the interminable wait for Rory from the end of the Open in July until the ensuing Masters in April. Torture!
"I'm sure he's a little bored and antsy with all these ho-hum tournaments he has to slog through to get to Augusta.
"Can't really blame him."

Read the full Q&A here

McIlroy hasn't got too long to wait for the first major of the year. 

Augusta National recently announced one minor change to the course that could potentially wreak havoc at this year's Masters

Beyond the wait for the majors, it wouldn't be unreasonable to suggest McIlroy is just completely fed up. 

He resigned from the policy board last year, citing a desire to concentrate on his golf and not talk about LIV Golf anymore. 

But he later stated he felt like 'banging his head against the wall' over some issues that were being discussed.  

It didn't go unnoticed that McIlroy's U-turn on Saudi investment in the men's game is completely at odds with his US peers. 

Those being Jordan Spieth, Scheffler and even Woods. 

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