What appears to be a trend is a trend. Don't let it fool you.
Rory McIlroy was dreadful at the 2012 British Open for the second consecutive year. What did he do last year at the PGA Championship following his British Open disaster? Another failure.
This year has proved not to be the year for McIlroy aside from one tournament, and his struggles will only continue at the PGA Championship.
Here are three reasons why.
Last year, McIlroy struggled big time at The Open Championship, shooting seven-over par. He followed that up with another major disaster at the PGA Championship, shooting 11-over par.
His misery will only continue at this year's PGA Championship.
McIlroy struggled in multiple areas of his game this weekend. His driving accuracy for the tournament was a dismal 51.8 percent, which explains his three double bogeys and 11 bogeys in the tournament.
He couldn't keep the ball on the fairway. It was his struggle throughout the tournament to go along with a couple other wrongdoings.
Maybe it's the tournament location, maybe it's the course or maybe it's a problem. I will lean to the side of it being a problem for McIlroy heading down the stretch of the 2012 season.
Like a batter in baseball who needs to change some kinks to his swing, golfers go through the same difficult stretches. Some need to change their approach, confidence or just receive more swings on the practice course.
Right now, McIlroy will need to figure out what's going on with his game because he has been struggling of late. In three-of-five tournaments, McIlroy has finished 60th or worse including missing the cut three times.
Right now, the PGA Tour field is wide open. Any player on the tour has a legitimate chance of winning a major tournament in today's golf. It's no longer dominated by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson mixed with a few others.
Any player on tour can win a major tournament.
Will Rory McIlroy finish in the top 10 at the PGA Championship?
With that much pressure heading into play, it causes players to push forward their game to stay competitive. When you push in golf, you most likely won't get rewarded for it.
You'll probably pay big time.
McIlroy has struggled most of the year, so it's likely he'll try to push at the PGA Championship. If he does, you can pencil in another tournament to forget.
McIlroy does better than last year, but still not nearly good enough. He finishes the tournament six-over par.