It’s been a difficult season for Rory McIlroy but the two time major champion insists that he is still very much in love with the game.
“I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t play golf or didn’t have it in my life,” said McIlroy speaking on a Dublin radio station.
“It obviously hasn’t been the best season for me. I went through a few struggles early on but I felt like the game was coming around a bit.
“I had a decent chance at the PGA Championship going into the last round but didn’t quite pull it off. But top 10 was a good way to finish off the last major of the season.
“I still have a good bit of golf to play this year and all I am looking to do is end the season well and build some momentum for 2014.”
Rory has not played a competitive round since missing out on last month’s Tour Championship on the US Tour.
He returns to action at next week’s Korean Open, followed by an appearance at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
In between those two starts, he’ll reprise his one-on-one match with current world No. 1 Tiger Woods on Oct. 28 in China.
Rory has spent most of the last month at home, playing the odd round of golf with his friends and family while trying to sort out the on-going legal issues surrounding his split with former management team, Horizon.
Yesterday he managed to fit in a round with former US President Bill Clinton, and used the opportunity to outline his ambitious plans for his charitable organisation the Rory Foundation.
“I try to get home as much as I can to see friends and family. It keeps your feet on the ground,” added the 24-year-old.
“I go and play golf with my mates and then go for a few beers and the slagging starts.
“They still see you as the same person you were before any of this all happened. It’s great to keep that connection with the people that know you best.”
Rory is still waiting for a win of any sort in 2013 but he is trying to keep things in perspective.
He continued, “People have been saying it’s a terrible season or whatever.
“I think I’m fifth or sixth in the world ranking. It’s obviously not as good as I was ranked last year but I still have a few tournaments left to finish the season well.
“It wasnt a disastrous season. It wasnt like I was struggling to keep my card but I guess that is just expectations.
“I obviously wanted to do better but when you take a step back and look at it it’s still not a bad life to lead.”
And he added, “The biggest thing for me this year with the heightened expectation coming off the back of such a great year least year.
“Everything that went on at the start of the year with the equipment change and everything there was a lot of expectation and a lot of attention and it took me a while to adjust to that.”