It has been quite a season for Rory McIlroy, and in this instance, quite is not used in a positive way.
A new sponsorship deal with Nike for the No. 1 player in the world and high expectations for a wire-to-wire battle with Tiger Woods for the top spot in the world rankings all resulted in great pressure being felt by McIlroy.
That pressure boiled over at the Honda Classic when he walked off the course after a particularly bad nine holes of golf on Friday morning.
He’s shown glimpses of how he had played in 2012, but he’s not played consistently.
The golf year is still young, and there’s time for him to get back on track, but there are definitely things he needs to get squared away.
Here’s a blueprint for him to return to his status of a year ago.