Maybe the only intriguing storyline at the WGC Bridgestone is Rory McIlroy's attempt to kickstart his season as he did last year.
Derek Lawrenson in the Daily Mail wonders if it's simply a matter of losing focus while noting an alarming number for the European Tour: McIlroy is 84th in the Race to Dubai where only 60 qualify. McIlroy has four starts to get into the top 60.
Kevin Garside in The Independent makes a case that "McIlroy’s problem is every player’s problem. It’s called form. And no game demands more of body and mind than golf."
**Jeff Rude on Rory's search for answers taking him to Northern Ireland. No mention of a dentist visit.
After missing the Open Championship cut at Muirfield, he worked on his swing with coach Michael Bannon and played a few rounds with buddies back home in Northern Ireland. Bannon’s TrackMan, a golf radar device that measures aspects such as club delivery and launch angle, gave McIlroy instant feedback about his motion. Golf with his pals, though, might have been more beneficial.
“We play so much golf on Tour, you sort of forget why you play the game,” McIlroy said. “You play the game because you love it. (Playing with them was) something I really enjoyed. I have an attitude change.”
What’s more, McIlroy worked on his putting Tuesday and Wednesday in Akron with putting coach Dave Stockton, the winner of two PGA Championships. McIlroy left those sessions saying he felt in a “better place” with his stroke.
“I feel I have everything I need to go forward,” he said.