Rory McIlroy sat down once more with Paul Kimmage of the Irish Independent for another superb and revealing interview.
The main talking point between the pair was McIlroy's form in 2020/21 and his struggles with his swing, after he tried to chase more speed following Bryson DeChambeau's 2020 US Open victory.
McIlroy cites the 2021 Ryder Cup as rock bottom, where he, as an elder statesman of the side, played extremely poorly as his European side were easily beaten by a dominant USA team.
Another low-point was a heavy 6&5 loss to the Ian Poulter at the 2021 WGC Match-Play.
At the time there would not have been as much burden on McIlroy to succeed over Poulter, but give nwhat has happened in the mean-time, between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour, there is an extra layer to the match looking back on it.
"Yeah, I Was Beaten By Poulter — F*****g Hell! That Was A Low Point"
Rory McIlroy Discusses His Low Points In 2021
Rory McIlroy on the 2021 PGA Championship: "Kiawah was the perfect example of where my game was; I’d won the PGA there in 2012 by eight shots, but we got there and I said to Harry: “I don’t remember this course being so difficult.” (Laughs) Ding!."
On his swing changes: "But I’d seen other people do it and thought, at that stage of my career, it was what I needed. It was a difficult summer, but I was having what most people would call a decent year, and was starting to think of it that way instead of, ‘It’s decent for most but it’s not good enough for me.’ And I almost needed to hit rock bottom at the Ryder Cup to snap out of it.
On the 2021 Open Championships and new competition: "Yeah, [Collin] Morikawa had just won [2021 Open Championship] … you had all these guys coming through — guys I didn’t have to deal with 10 years ago. My confidence was pretty low."