McIlroy worried that anchoring row may cast amateur game adrift
“If it were up to me, I would just go with whatever decision the RA and the USGA comes to after this 90-day comment period ends.”
As for the state of his own game, McIlroy revealed that while he warmed up for his Honda Classic defence by playing speed golf with Tiger Woods on Sunday, there was no sense of urgency about his preparations for the Masters.
Missing the cut
After missing the cut in his first event with his new Nike clubs in Abu Dhabi and then losing to pal Shane Lowry in the first round of last week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play, McIlroy has just three PGA Tour events before he gets to Augusta.
“I’m confident it will all be fine by Augusta. I’ve got two events, here and next week’s Cadillac Championship and then two weeks off to work on things a bit more and then the Houston Open.
“So I feel like that’s plenty of time. It’s not as if I’m hitting it sideways.”
Still he admitted he is going through “an adjustment period” with his new equipment.
“As I said the last few weeks, it’s more about how I’m swinging the club. It’s not a concern, but I would like to get back to where I was, say, the middle of last year.
“Because if you put my swing now up to the way I was swinging it last year, it’s chalk and cheese. So that’s the real thing that I’m working on.”
Pádraig Harrington advised McIlroy to play as many competitive “friendly games” as possible to build his confidence in his new sticks.
What could be better than two rounds with 14-time major winner Woods? “We thought we would play our own matchplay final except it was over 36,” McIlroy said, revealing they’d “whizzed around” Medalist on Sunday.
“He beat me the first time and I beat him in the second, so we’re even. We teed off at about 8:00 and I was home by 1:30. So we played quick. He putts with pin in. It’s speed golf. It was good. It was really enjoyable.”
Asked about his budding friendship with Woods and whether Tiger had warmed to him, he said: “I guess you could say that. I think it was more a case of just getting to know one another.”