Rory McIlroy Is Suffering the Longest Winless Drought of His Career

Published 04/25/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 9, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy reacts on the 16th green during the second round REUTERS/Mike Segar


Rory McIlroy really took the world by storm with his golf talent. A lot of people even call him the best player of the 2010s decade, but all that shine seems to be lost at the moment. It is evident that McIlroy is not the player he once was, and here’s a statistic that would prove the same. 

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McIlroy is struggling hard to get back to winning ways. He really is. The 31-year-old recently hired a new swing coach after his struggles at The 2021 Players Championship. The 18-time PGA Tour winner knows that he needs to find his form back to sustain his place atop the World Golf Ranking. 

It’s been quite a while since Rory McIlroy won a PGA Tour event. He’s missed out on quite a few victories ever since clinching the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions title back in November 2019. 

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That’s it. Rory McIlroy has not won a tour event in more than a year. To be precise, it has been 540 days since the three-time PGA Tour Player of the Year kept his hands on some silverware. This is also the longest winless drought of McIlroy’s career. 

It is indeed disheartening to see Rory McIlroy endure such a slump in his career. He was once on top of the world due to his achievements, but that’s just how it works. Nobody is guaranteed a place at the top forever. 

Can Rory McIlroy bounce back to win a tour event? 

Undoubtedly, yes. As mentioned above, McIlroy played breathtaking golf in the 2010s decade. While he has been struggling to replicate some of the magic at present, one definitely can’t rule out the chances. 

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A golf fan needs no reminder about the greatest comeback in Tiger Woods’ career. Woods’ 2019 Masters victory would still be fresh to some, and there’s every chance that Rory McIlroy can pull off something like that. 

Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 8, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the 3rd hole during the first round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

McIlroy has two Top 10 finishes in his last five starts. So it is wrong to say that he’s completely lost his game. It is just a matter of getting the rhythm back to get the competitive juices flowing. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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