McIlroy's only win in 2018 came on the Arnold Palmer Invitational
Rory McIlroy intends to exclude the whisper that he often does not close tournaments enough of good positions in the final round by winning more often.
The Northern Irishman won once in 2018, on the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and also had several other close calls, including three runner-up finishes.
"I just have to keep putting myself in those positions," McIlroy said.
"I am clearly good enough to play golf to get myself there (in contention), the world added number eight.
McIlroy heard the whisper that he is not the poet he used to be and knows that it will not cease to be a topic of conversation until he wins tournaments more often.
Although he has won 14 times on the PGA Tour, including four major championships, as well as nine other times worldwide, the 29-year-old has not really caused his rivals to crash with fear in the final round in recent years.
His last disappointment came in the last round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii three weeks ago, where he started the last round three strokes of the leader but in the fourth he ended with a 72. The worst score of someone in the final round was 74.
"I am determined to make the journey to a p unt where that is no longer a conversation ", McIlroy told the reporters at Torrey Pines in San Diego on Wednesday prior to his first appearance at the Farmers Insurance Open.
"Going out in the last group and three behind you is not meant to win that position."
McIlroy usually plays in the European Tour at this time of the year, but this year focuses on the United States, mainly because of the new schedule in which the four majors are played between May and July, with the PGA Tour season ending in August.
"Yes, you will miss some events that you might want to play," he said. "It's all about pacifying yourself.
" You could play seven of the eight weeks leading to Augusta and by the time you're there (to the Masters), physically you could be fine but mentally you may not be in the best possible place.
"Most likely I play six of the seven in May and June (s) seven out of eight in July and August
" There are so many large pieces of golf there, which at least If you can train yourself at this point in the season, you can have some energy reserves for that last part. "