Most people would say either Monday or Wednesday ranks as their least favorite day of the week.
Not McIlroy, at least not right now.
For the world’s second-ranked golfer, it almost has to be Saturday that gives him the blues. In fact, it's that particular day that has cost Rory the best opportunities to break his troubling winless streak dating back to August 2012.
While it’s certainly difficult to ascertain why, McIlroy’s Saturday scoring average during his eight third-round starts on the PGA Tour this season, including The Masters and the U.S. Open, ranks 183rd on the PGA Tour.
By contrast, his scoring average before the cut ranks 53rd and his Sunday performance is a relatively strong 24th best on the PGA Tour.
In pure results, McIlroy averages 73.50 on Saturdays, a full three shots higher than his Sunday average.
Those mysterious Saturday struggles, which could be linked to his confidence issues and the lack of trust with his new clubs, manifested themselves in both The Masters and the U.S. Open.
At Augusta National, Rory followed two decent opening rounds with a head-scratching seven-over 79 that eliminated him from any chance of winning his first green jacket. On Sunday, McIlroy was 10 shots better with a three-under 69.
Three months later at Marion, McIlroy was hanging around at three over after two rounds before a third-round 75 essentially ended his hopes for a second U.S. Open title.
When you add the sad Saturday scoring into Rory’s overall performance, he ranks 93rd on tour, not a terrible number considering just how far that third-round average drags it down.
Given that, if McIlroy can figure out what bothers him about Saturday, he might soon find Sunday afternoon a little more enjoyable than he has of late.