McIlroy unlikely to make swift RBC Heritage return after lowly finish of joint-41st


Rory McIlroy admits a swift return to the RBC Heritage is unlikely after another disappointing day saw him finish joint-41st at Hilton Head.

The world number one had not featured at Harbour Town Golf Links since finishing tied for 58th back in 2009, and he endured another difficult week in South Carolina.

McIlroy posted a one-under 70 on Sunday to finish 11 shots adrift of winner Webb Simpson, who added to his Phoenix Open success in February to claim multiple titles in the same year for the first time since 2011.

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"Once I got here and I played the golf course, I sort of remembered why I haven't been here for a while. It's tough," McIlroy said. 

"Like, it's a lovely place. There's other courses on Tour that probably fit my game a little bit better and obviously the week after the Masters [when the tournament is traditionally held in mid-April] is always a tough one.

"Guys like to come here and decompress, but my idea of decompression is not seeing golf clubs for a week.

"I got off to a decent start and then the ball in the water on four just sort of stopped any momentum. I played okay after that, I guess. I birdied nine and then birdied a couple coming in on the home stretch.

"It's fine. It's one of those weeks where, obviously, low scores, very bunched. You had to hole a lot of putts and I didn't over the week. But I'm still pretty happy with how I played going into the next weekend in Hartford."

McIlroy is due to play at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands, which begins on Thursday.

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