It's been a year to forget, admits Rory McIlroy after his last failure in the USPGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy finished outside of the 50 best in the PGA of the United States after finishing in two under par

A dejected Rory McIlroy offered a pretty blunt evaluation of his performances in the majors this year after finishing well on Sunday in the 100th USPGA Championship.

"What has been memorable about the majors this season? Nothing, I certainly will not remember anything about them," said the Northern Irishman.

In the cold light of day, he will surely consider it too hard given that he finished as joint runner-up at the Open last month and was in the final group on Sunday at the Masters, but it is an indication of the level of frustration he feels. Now that four years have passed since the last of his four great victories, two of the first five in the four tournaments that matter offer not even little consolation.

Rory McIlroy finished outside of the 50 best in the PGA of the United States after finishing in two under par

Rory McIlroy finished outside of the 50 best in the PGA of the United States after finishing in two under par

While Tiger Woods was sending Bellerive into chaos with his start of two birdies in the first three holes, the man who was considered his natural heir in 2014 when he won big prizes for fun was preparing to board a private plane to Florida. it is meant to be a period of sober reflection.

He is scheduled to play in the first of four FedEx Cup events next week, but gave a strong indication that he will miss it to try to resolve some flaws that have infiltrated his game.

"When I look back this week and in fact the last events, I just have not been swinging the club enough," he said.

"My swing has receded as the season progressed and I fell back into old and bad habits, it would be better if I take it next week and work on my consistency.

"I think all year I've seen glimpses of what I can do, but I have not played golf when it was necessary."

The number 5 in the world has not managed to increase its four major account since winning the US PGA. UU In 2014

The number 5 in the world has not managed to increase its four major account since winning the US PGA. UU In 2014

The number 5 in the world has not managed to increase its four major account since winning the US PGA. UU In 2014

Much has been said about erratic distance control with its short irons, but McIlroy feels that the problem is deeper than that area.

"Even my driving this week was not good enough," he said, after closing with a 70 that left him out of the top 50.

"I had a fault in two ways, and if you can not eliminate one side of the course it's very difficult to score well, yes, my approach game with my irons was not good enough, but that was not the only thing."

This is the second year in a row that McIlroy has had a low performance in the fourth specialization in a course that apparently is in his alley. At least last year he was able to point out, quite reasonably, injury problems.

This year, the bitter disappointment of not having fulfilled once again was simple, and surely is right to take a mini break to resolve things.

The chances of Europe in the Ryder Cup next month will be dramatically reduced if McIlroy appears without his mojo.

A small perspective is also in order. McIlroy has a victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a runner-up in a major and another six top-10s in his name and that's a record identical to Tommy Fleetwood's this season. So he has not been exactly cutting it.

Fleetwood was playing in the group in front of McIlroy and signed with a 68 for tied for 36th place. He acknowledged that the putts had not fallen all week to allow him to compete, but he headed for a short vacation in the Bahamas in a happy mood.

The Northern Irishman has been frustrated by some flaws that have infiltrated his game

The Northern Irishman has been frustrated by some flaws that have infiltrated his game

The Northern Irishman has been frustrated by some flaws that have infiltrated his game

"The important thing is that I got the best result of my career in the four main races, so I have to be happy with that," said the 27-year-old Englishman.

Before the leaders got into the flesh of their rounds, his compatriot Tyrrell Hatton showed what was possible with a wonderful 64 that elevated him to the first three at the point where he finished his round.

After missing the cut midway through the four majors last year, the 26-year-old Marlow has made the cut at four this year and continued his sixth-place tie at the US Open with this solid performance. Like Fleetwood, he will look to kick next year.

At the top of the board, the first bogeys of night leader Brooks Koepka left many players feeling like they had a chance to win.

After six holes, the 28-year-old who won the US Open in June had 11 fewer, just one stroke ahead of defending champion Justin Thomas, who actually tied with him at one point before placing the ninth from the yard 10

Woods was part of a large group with nine players including Hatton and Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello in the clubhouse and Irishman Shane Lowry, Belgian Thomas Pieters and Open champion Frankie Molinari on the field.

Justin Rose, who started the week without knowing if he could start the event and much less finish hard due to a problem in the back, had picked up three punches to be one more blow adrift. This PGA benchmark was heading towards an enthusiastic conclusion.

FOUR YEARS OF A AND BY RORY

2014

Win the USPGA Championship, beating Phil Mickelson by one stroke, his last win in a major.

2015

Masters – The slow start sees him finish fourth with 12 under par as Jordan Spieth claims his first major.

US Open – Spieth again denies McIlroy while claiming the title, Ulsterman finishes ninth and five shots behind the American.

The Open – He can not defend his title as he retires the week before the tournament because of an ankle injury playing football.

PGA Championship – Makes his return from the ankle injury, makes the cut, but ends 17th.

2016

Masters: tie 10th, six shots against eventual winner Danny Willett.

US Open UU – Loses his first court in an important championship since the 2013 Open, finishing a run of nine results among the first 25 in the biggest events of the game.

The Open – Recovers at Royal Troon while drawing in fifth place – 16 shots behind fugitive champion Henrik Stenson.

PGA Championship – His form is erratic, since he can not make the cut in Baltusrol.

2017

Masters – The bad third round costs him the opportunity to win the Masters and complete the Grand Slam of his career, finishing seventh, six strokes behind the winner Sergio Garcia.

US Open: The cut is lost and he gets involved in a dispute on Twitter with former professional Steve Elkington, who describes the Ulsterman player as "bored" with golf.

The Open – Ties fourth, but it is divided with his caddy, J P Fitzgerald, who had been on the Ulsterman stock exchange for nine years.

PGA Cham pionship – Misses cut. Announce the plan for a sabbatical of three months to put your body in shape.

2018

Masters: wins his first event of the year at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, and loses in Augusta in the fifth set.

US Open: the court is lost for the third consecutive time, and says: "It seems that in the last three years I have had only three specializations to aim at and this has been a loss".

The Open – Six-under in Carnoustie – two shots by the winner Francesco Molinari.

PGA Champions hip – A drop and a bogey in the last round of McIlroy's week. The rounds of 70, 67, 71 and 70 place him outside the first 50.

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