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Butch Harmon Believes Rory McIlroy Needs To Abandon DeChambeau Obsession

Butch Harmon Believes Rory McIlroy Needs To Abandon DeChambeau Obsession

It's crazy to think that Rory McIlroy has not won a major championship in almost seven years.

If you had sad suggested that such a drought could be possible when he lifted his fourth major back as a 25-year old back in August of 2014, not many people would have believed you.

However, the Down native has repeatedly fallen short of expectations in golf's biggest events ever since. He has a chance to put that dreadful record to bed in next week's Masters, the only major he is yet to win.

McIlroy had struggled for form over the last couple of years, although he has been turning that around as of late.

The 31-year old revealed recently that many of the problems in his game were caused by attempting to match the driving distance of Bryson DeChambeau, with Butch Harmon believing this is something he needs to now abandon entirely.

The Sky Sports pundit believes that McIlroy needs to stop 'over-analysing' his game if he is to return to peak form.

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I was a little bit surprised he said what he said about trying to catch Bryson distance-wise.

It seems to be a trend going around that some of the people are trying to achieve more distance because that seems to be the catchphrase lately.

Though if you look at players like Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas, these guys at the top of the world ranking, they are long hitters but they are not trying to jump out of their shoes.

They are just trying to play their game and I think Rory finally realised that is what he needs to do. I think Rory got caught up in something that he didn't need to get caught up in.

He needs to stop over-analysing and just get back to playing golf. He just needs to go back to the basic fundamentals, to what made him so good in the past.

Chasing DeChambeau distance-wise was so wrong because he's already one of the longest hitters in the game, a beautiful driver.

McIlroy's game has been trending in the right direction over the last few months, something he will be hoping pays dividends as we enter major season.

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