McIlroy: Putting holding me back

PARAMUS, N.J. – Rory McIlroy maintained on Saturday that it isn’t a lack of preparation or focus that has failed to get him into serious contention at The Barclays, nor is he still wallowing in the spoils of his recent success.

Instead, he blamed it on one thing – his putting.

“I played similar to yesterday,” he said of a third-round 70 that came on the heels of a 65 one day earlier. “I just didn’t get a putt to drop. My speed has not been quite right all week, and yeah, I’ve just struggled a little bit with the speed on the greens. And when I’ve hit good putts, I’ve just not given enough break on either the speed I’ve hit it or I’ve hit it right in the middle or just short. I hit a couple putts like that today.”

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When it was suggested that he might be fatigued from a busy few weeks since winning three titles in a row, McIlroy disagreed with that notion.

“No, I don’t think so. I feel pretty fresh. I feel like my game is still in good shape. So fatigue, as long as I get enough rest and sleeping well at night, that’s OK for me. I think it’s just, I can’t put it down to anything else. I putted well yesterday but the first round, I didn’t putt well at all and then today I felt like I actually putted OK. Just nothing went in.”


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