US PGA Championship 2020: I wouldn't be used to fans by now – Rory McIlroy

Posted by on August 05, 2020  /   Posted in golf reviews

McIlroy & # 39; s last big win was in 2014 Date: August 6-9 Location: Harding Park, San Francisco Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Additional and text updates on the BBC Sport website covering all four days

Rory McIlroy has said he should now adapt to playing without crowds as he plans to experience his major drought during the US End this week's PGA Championship.


The first major since the coronavirus ended on Thursday starts in Harding Park in San Francisco.

McIlroy has trouble playing for no spectators, with a best finish of the eleventh in five events since the restart.

"Obviously it's not new to us at the moment," said the Northern Irish golfer.

"We've been on the Tour for the past eight or nine weeks. I found myself looking a bit more at leaderboards to see where I am and where other people are

"There is no feedback from anywhere else; there aren't even scoreboard holders, so you don't even know how the guys in your group are doing, but we should all be used to this.

"We all wish we played for fans and felt like a really big championship, but I think we're just lucky to be able to play golf tournaments right now

"It's five tournaments in, I should be more or less adapted to it now. If I have to play golf without fans, if that is one of my biggest concerns, then everything is fine. "

Memories of Harding Park success

McIlroy finished 47th at last week's WGC-St Jude Invitational

McIlroy previously admitted that he found it "easy to lose focus" without the noise and excitement d by spectators and its shape has dropped significantly from what it was before closing since the reboot.

The fourfold winner finished third in the Farmers Insurance Open and then fifth in each of his next three starts, but since June he has fallen from first in the world to third.

However, he hopes memories of his 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play win at this week's location of Harding Park will work in his favor.

"I think if i remember anything of the week i I played well when needed and that I made good shots at the right times, which is pretty much what you should do in match play, "he added.

"It's nice to have some memories around a golf course where you play a big championship. It's nice to have those memories and some of the pictures that you have made to remember.

"Hopefully some of it can help me this week and rekindle that kind of shape that helped me win here a few years ago. "

Great Drought & # 39; Doesn't Keep Me Awake at Night & # 39;

It's been six years since McIlroy made his last major success – The 2014 US PGA Championship in Valhalla – He has since achieved 10 top 10 finishes in the game's four major events.

Although he was often reminded of the drought, he insists insisted "don't keep me awake at night".

"I would have liked to win a few more majors during that time, and I feel like I have chances to do that and I just didn't get the job done, "he added.

" But the good thing is that we have at least three chances this year, and then hopefully, if things normalize in the future, four chances.

"So we basically play seven major championships in the next 12 months. I get plenty of opportunities in my path."

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