|-13 C Morikawa (United States); -11 P Casey (Eng), D Johnson (United States); -ten M Wolff, B DeChambeau, T Finau (all US), J Day (Aus); -9 J Rose (Eng), S Scheffler (United States)|
|Selection of others: -7 J Rahm (Spa), -4 I Poulter (Eng); -3 T Fleetwood (Eng), B Koepka (United States); -2 R McIlroy (NI); -1 J Thomas (United States), T Woods (United States); +3 R MacIntyre (Sco), S Lowry (Ire)|
World number three Rory McIlroy says his best golf could be behind him after his winless run in the majors continued with a disappointing performance at the PGA United States Championship.
“Maybe I’m not as good as I used to be,” said the 31-year-old Northern Irishman.
“I can’t really put my finger on it. I go out there and do my best every day.”
McIlroy was never really a factor at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, finishing two under par as 23-year-old American Morikawa withstood a stacked standings to claim a two-stroke victory over compatriot Dustin Johnson and the Englishman Paul Casey.
The County Down man has won the FedEx Cup PGA Tour title twice – including last year – since his fourth major triumph six years ago and also won the prestigious Players’ Championship in 2019.
His 2019 campaign included a record first prize of £ 12.2million when his triumph in the Circuit Championship won him the FedEx Cup, as well as a victory at the Canadian Open, where he shot a 61 final.
“I feel like the golf I’ve played in the majors has been a bit similar to the golf I’ve played outside of them, and I’ve won big events and played well and I had a good season last season, ”McIlroy added.
“Some days I play better than others. I just have to go on and persist and see if I can do better next time.”
McIlroy ‘picked up’ by Koepka comments
Morikawa’s first major victory came with a six-under-64 close at TPC Harding Park. On the other hand, the two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka passed out badly on the final day, a closing 74 leaving him just one stroke ahead of McIlroy.
This follows Koepka’s post-round comments on Saturday when he questioned Johnson’s main credentials amid his compatriot’s tally of a single US Open triumph in 2016.
Koepka won successive US Openings in 2017 and 2018 in addition to his US PGA triumphs.
McIlroy said he was “taken aback” by Koepka’s comments, adding: “If he’s trying to play mind games, he’s trying to do it to the wrong person. I don’t think DJ is doing it. really worries about it.
“I certainly try to respect everyone here. Everyone is a great player. If you’ve won a major league, you’re a hell of a player.
“I want to say, [it’s] a little hard to hit a guy [Johnson] who has won 21 PGA Tour victories, three times what Brooks has. “