McIlroy ‘looking forward to 2018’ after PGA flop

PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy is already looking ahead to 2018 after he slipped out of PGA Championship contention on Saturday.

The Northen Irishman faces a third year without a major title after a third round of 73 at the Quail Hollow Club left him four over par and 11 shots off leader Kevin Kisner.

It has been a manic year for McIlroy as he split from long-term caddie JP Fitzgerald, got married and has had to battle through with injury.

When McIlroy was asked how far away he was from being at his best, he responded: "Looking forward to 2018."

McIlroy, who won his last major at the 2014 US PGA, hopes to have a better day on Sunday after his disappointing round on Saturday.

"It's playing tough," McIlroy added. "You get off to a bad start, two over through five, and are then putting pressure on yourself to birdie the birdie holes, the seventh, eighth, 10th.

"After playing practice rounds I felt like there was a decent one out there. The way the conditions have been the last three days, I haven't seen a low score out there for me.

"I definitely haven't driven the ball well enough the last few days to give myself chances for birdies and build a score. So I just need to hit some more fairways tomorrow.

"(It was) not really frustrating because maybe if I had got myself a little bit up the leaderboard and then faltered at the end or whatever, it was just a day where I stood still."