Rory McIlroy stuck in the runner-up “rut”

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Rory McIlroy BO 2014

POOR old Rory McIlroy is stuck in a rut. The 25 year old world No.1 golfer has had three second placings in his last three starts on the European Tour and can’t seem to better himself.

It’s rather tragic really, the Northern Irishman’s last six starts on the European Tour read: first-first-first-second-second-second. The last of those victories came five months ago at the US PGA Championship.

Never-the-less, McIlroy is determined to do better this week at the European Tour’s third and last event of its early season Middle Eastern swing – the 2015 Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates.

McIlroy insists anything less than victory will be a disappointment when he returns to the scene of what was his maiden European Tour victory way back in 2009. That was before he added four Major championships and a host of other titles to the trophy cabinet.

“It has been [a happy hunting ground] in the past,” the US Masters favourite said. “I’ve had one win here at the Emirates, but it seems every time I come here I have a chance and I play well.

“It’s a great way to start the season. I’ve done this the last few years, where I’ve played Abu Dhabi, taken another week off to practice and then come here and played in Dubai.

“I’ve got four days to try and get back on the victory trail and it feels like a long time since my last win, so it would be nice to get another one pretty soon and start the year off with a victory under my belt.

“I’m disappointed if I don’t win to be honest, but I think everyone should feel that way: I don’t think that’s just me. You come here to try to win events – you’re not here to try to finish in the top five.

“I’m very happy with where my game is tee to green, and I have put some good work in over the last week on my short game, which I felt needed a little bit of sharpening up from Abu Dhabi; hopefully I can just keep it going.”

Standing in the way of him hoisting the winner’s trophy come Sunday is a top field including back to back defending champion Stephen Gallacher (Scotland), Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els.

Aussie golfers lining up in Dubai include Brett Rumford, Scott Hend, Richard Green and Wade Ormsby.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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