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(Reuters) – Rory McIlroy made a mid-tournament driver change three weeks in the past and after slipping nicely off the tempo following his opening spherical of The Gamers Championship on Thursday he admitted he isn’t but a fan of his new membership.
McIlroy is likely one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour however the four-times main champion determined to alter his driver at Riviera after watching Tiger Woods, who continues to be having points along with his ankle, outhit him off the tee.
The Northern Irishman completed in a share of twenty ninth at Riviera and final week was joint runner-up at Bay Hill however he struggled off the tee at TPC Sawgrass en path to a four-over-par 76.
“Look, I want I may use my driver from final 12 months, however I can not simply due to — you employ a driver for therefore lengthy, and it begins to get just a little too — mainly it simply would not move the check,” McIlroy informed reporters.
“These driver heads are so finicky, it is arduous to get one precisely the identical. I am clearly making an attempt my finest, making an attempt to get one thing that is as near what I had final 12 months.
“Yeah, simply struggled just a little bit off the tee the final couple weeks.”
At Riviera, McIlroy ditched a first-generation TaylorMade Stealth Plus that had been a mainstay in his bag because the begin of the 2022 season in favour of a brand new Stealth 2 Plus whereas additionally altering the loft setting.
The Northern Irishman was routinely hitting out of the tough on the difficult TPC Sawgrass format after errant tee photographs and was by no means capable of finding any rhythm.
When requested if he was engaged on looking for a brand new driver, McIlroy admitted he needn’t put all of the blame on the membership.
“This one is as shut as it has been,” stated McIlroy. “Yeah, there’s clearly part of it that is the consumer, as nicely. It is various consumer error in there, as nicely.”
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, modifying by Ed Osmond)