McIlroy laments cold putter

Rory McIlroy was in the mix over the weekend at the Players, but poor form on the greens held him back.

The Northern Irishman would close with a two under 70 to finish on eight under for the tournament, tied for eighth, just four strokes off the leaders.

However, the world number one knows it could have been a very different Sunday if he sank some crucial puts over the course of the weekend.

“I was obviously looking to go out there today and shoot something in the mid-60’s, and that would have given me a chance,” the 26-year-old told Sky Sports.

“I feel like I again gave myself enough opportunities out there to make some putts, and I just couldn’t. The putter really let me down this week. Right from the first day I couldn’t come to terms with the greens and that was the story of the week.”

Nevertheless, McIlroy is back at the driving range preparing for this weeks’ Wells Fargo Championship. The Quail Hollow course is the site of his first win on the PGA Tour, which came back in 2010, where he closed with a course record 62 to edge Phil Mickelson by two strokes.

“I’m always excited to go back to Quail Hollow,” added the four-timer Major winner.

“There are good memories for me there and I love the golf course. I feel with how I’m hitting the ball from tee to green, if I can get a few putts to drop I can get myself into contention there and get another win.”