On the eve of the final PGA Tour event of 2015 – the Tour Championship - Rory McIlroy has revealed his disappointment at a season that started with so much promise but was ultimately curtailed by injury.
At the start of July Rory badly damaged his left ankle playing football, an injury that ruled him out of action and forced him to miss a number of big events, including the Open Championship.
During the eight week absence while he recovered, the likes of Jordan Spieth and latterly Jason Day took centre stage and ultimately replaced him as world number one.
Asked what he had learned from the season, McIlroy jokingly replied; “don’t play football in the middle of the season.”
“It’s been a difficult year, humbling if nothing else,” said Rory.
“If I ever go and do something like that again I will take precautions not to injure myself.”
And he added; “It’s not the season I would have hoped for. Going without winning a major and missing arguably the biggest tournament we have, the Open Championship at St Andrews.
“It only comes around every five years, having to sit that one out
“There has been a few disappointing moments.
“I mean there has been a few highs as well but 2015 won’t necessarily be a year that I look at back on at the end of my career.
“It was a bit of a learning curve, but not one with great success.”
Rory can still finish the US season off in style by winning the FedExCup this week in Atlanta and he’s motivated to do well.
“It excites me to play well and to try and win.
“And the FedExCup is... one of the only things that I haven’t put on my golf CV,” he said.