McIlroy to take some time off

Rory McIlroy has revealed that he will take some time off in order to rest before the Ryder Cup, which starts on September 27.

The world number could have capped off a fantastic season which included back to back major victories with the FedEx Cup trophy had he triumphed at the Tour Championship at East Lake on Sunday.

Instead, his playing partner Billy Horschel won both prizes after the American and the Ulsterman were tied at the top of the leaderboard going into the final round.

As a result, the four-time major winner confirmed to the media that he will need some time away from the game ahead of the prestigious team event at the end of the month.

“I was making bad swings at the wrong time and getting punished for them,” McIlroy told reporters.

“Right now I just want to get a bit of rest and not see my golf clubs for a few days.

“I’m excited to take a few days off to be honest and then I will gear up for the Ryder Cup. I want to be itching to get back on the range at the end of the week.”

Whilst finishing as the runner-up in Atlanta on Sunday was understandably disappointing, McIlroy was clearly elated with how his season has gone after a difficult 2013 on the PGA Tour.

“To win two majors, my first WGC event and give it a real good run in these FedEx events, I’m really proud of myself the way I hung in there and dug deep the last few weeks,” he added.

“When I look back on the year as a whole it’s been my best year to date so I can’t complain.”