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Rory McIlroy shares his thoughts on the shortened major season, and how he feels entering the FedEx Cup playoffs on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio’s “On Course”

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Earlier this week, Rory McIlroy sat down with Brian Crowell and Frank Darby on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio’s “On Course” and discussed a range of subjects including his thoughts on the shortened major season, and how he feels about his game ahead of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Speaking on the new condensed major season, McIlroy stated that while he’s not sure that the “small window” is the best thing for the game in terms of exposure, the new schedule now gives players a higher chance of having a very successful season.

“It felt to me as if I blinked and the major season was over…Whether that’s a good thing for the game in terms of exposure I’m not too sure. 

You know, I think it’s a good thing for the players because if you get hot and you’re able to sustain a really good run of golf from April through to the middle of the summer you could have a really successful season. 

The Ulsterman kicks off his FedEx Cup campaign at this week’s Northern Trust, and speaking to Crowell and Darby, McIlroy discussed his consistent play and how he is having the best putting year of his career thus far.

“My game feels good. You know, if you look at my stats all year I’m number one in a bunch of different categories. Number one in scoring average. I’m putting it the best I ever have, I’m top 30 in putting for the first time in my career. So everything’s in the right place.”

The 30-year-old has two victories to his name in 2019 but he believes that number could and should be higher, and stated his intent to end the season with a second FedEx Cup title.

“You know, I wish I could have capitalized on that good golf a little bit more and had a couple more wins this season but I’ve had a bunch of final rounds and in contention so it would be nice to knock a couple other tournaments off by the end of this little stretch. 

So I’m second in the FedEx Cup right now. I want to really give it a good go over the next few weeks and try to win another FedEx Cup. That would be a nice way to end the year.”

“On Course” with Brian Crowell and Frank Darby airs Wednesday’s at 8 PM ET on the SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio channel.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Ryan

    Aug 8, 2019 at 8:49 am

    At first I wasn’t sure how I would like the change of the PGA to May. After the first season, I think it was a smart move. I think it gives the FedEx Cup a better stage and gets more of the top players to play the first three events (eligible).

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (8.21.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

New additions on the way from UST Mamiya Golf Shafts.

How do you like this creation from Cushman Custom Golf, WRXers?

Cheetah Fur covers from Swag.

Slick looking new additions from Haywood Golf.

Great shot of the par-3 seventh hole at Stonewall Golf Club from Will.

Max Homa giving Eddie Pepperell a run for his money with his social media witticisms!

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (8.20.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Torched blue Coronado Two flat-stick from Embrace Putters.

Stunning looking restoration job on this Allendale flat-stick from Tyson Lamb.

Great shots of Manufacturers Golf & Country Club in Pennsylvania courtesy of Andy Kerestesy.

Sweet looking Avengers flat-stick from Olson Putter Co.

Skull putter neck from Kraken Golf, what do you say WRXers?

American Flatsticks showcasing their new putter covers which will be dropping this Wednesday.

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Just in time for the final leg of the @fedex cup we are introducing our first Mallet Headcover. Both the Blade and Mallet will be available Wednesday at 8am PT / 11am ET @americanflatsticks. . . . Don’t forget, each cover purchased during the three weeks of the playoffs gives you an entry into our custom Headcover Giveaway. As a reminder, we will randomly draw one order at the end of the playoffs and the winner will have the opportunity to design a cover and get 5 of them to share with friends. . . . #chickfila #golfswag #titleist #golftips #atlanta #putter #picoftheday #pga #golf #fedexcup #instagolf #PGATOUR #LPGATOUR #cow #americanflatsticks #eastlakegolfclub #golfwrx #Handmade #tigerwoods #eatmorechicken #funny #golfchannel #gibbonshandmade #tigerwoods #golfstagram

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Hot & Cold: Where strokes were won and lost at the BMW Championship

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In “Hot & Cold,” we’ll be focusing each week on what specific areas of the game players excelled and disappointed in throughout the previous tournament. On Sunday, Justin Thomas returned to the winner’s circle, and here’s a look at where some of the most notable players gained and lost strokes over the four days of action at the BMW Championship.

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Justin Thomas broke through for the first time this year, and while it was a typically great week tee to green for the 26-year-old ( where he gained 11.7 strokes over the field), Thomas’ putting looks to have made the difference. For just the second time since February Thomas gained strokes with the flat-stick – gaining over five strokes on the greens at Medinah CC. Check out the clubs Thomas used on his way to victory in our WITB piece here.

Tony Finau is still awaiting the second PGA Tour title of his career, and if it wasn’t for a balky putter, then he may have achieved the feat last week. However, Finau led the field in strokes gained tee to green in Illinois, gaining 13.6 strokes over the field in this area which bodes well for the Tour finale.

Patrick Cantlay continues to impress, and he rode a red hot putter to a runner-up finish at last week’s BMW Championship. Cantlay gained six strokes over the field on the greens at Medinah, which is his joint best performance of his career in this area.

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There is no sign of Dustin Johnson breaking out of his slump, and at last week’s BMW Championship the American suffered a horror show with his iron play. Johnson dropped 6.6 strokes to the field in this area – the worst performance of his career with his irons.

Jason Day’s split with Steve Williams didn’t have an immediate impact, as the Australian suffered a dismal week at Medinah. The Australian dropped 11.7 strokes to the field tee to green over the four days of action which is comfortably the worst performance of his career in this department.

Bryson DeChambeau’s game appears to be suffering from the pace of play controversy he has found himself embroiled in recently. DeChambeau lost strokes in every significant strokes gained category bar one at last week’s BMW Championship on his way to a T48 finish.

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