Sport McIlroy: 'Looking forward to 2018'

03:05  13 august  2017
03:05  13 august  2017 Source:   theScore

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Rory McIlroy already has one eye on next season after a third year without a major title was effectively confirmed in the US PGA Championship. McIlroy came into the week as the pre-tournament favourite on the back of top-five finishes in his last two starts and a brilliant record at the host venue of Quail

Asked how far away he was from his best after a year which has included injury, a change of equipment, his wedding and a split from long-term caddie JP Fitzgerald, McIlroy simply replied: " Looking forward to 2018 ."

  McIlroy: 'Looking forward to 2018' © Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports Rory McIlroy came into the season's final major as one of the favorites with Jordan Spieth to claim the 99th PGA Championship, but it's been a battle for both at Quail Hollow.

After another tough round Saturday, in which he posted a 2-over-par 73, McIlroy will simply be playing for pride in the final round Sunday.

"I want to sign off on a positive note. It hasn't been the week that I wanted," McIlroy told Amanda Balionis of TNT. "If I can finish. ... I think the way the leaderboard is, if I can finish in the red tomorrow - so 1-under for the tournament - that could be a top 10. It's a hollow victory in some ways."

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Rory McIlroy is looking forward to a "change of pace" this week as he makes his debut at the Travelers Championship where he aims to rebuild his confidence after a poor performance at the US Open. But I definitely feel like in the next 10 years, 2018 to 2027, that I can do better.

Rory McIlroy is looking forward to a "change of pace" this week as he makes his debut at the Travelers Championship where he aims to rebuild his confidence after a poor performance at the US Open. But I definitely feel like in the next 10 years, 2018 to 2027, that I can do better.

It's been an up-and-down year for the Northern Irishman both on and off the golf course. McIlroy has battled a rib injury since January, signed a lucrative endorsement deal with TaylorMade, got married, fired his longtime caddie, and has no wins worldwide since last September.

"Looking forward to 2018," McIIroy said.

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