Rory expects to bounce back
Rory McIlroy is confident that he can enjoy much better fortunes in 2018 than he has this year, as he prepares for his final competitive round of 2017.
The four-time Major champion is set to end an injury-interrupted campaign without a win to his name, as he trails leader Tyrrell Hatton by a massive 14 shots heading into the final round of the Dunhill Links Championship.
Try and shoot a good score and end the season on a bit of a positive note.Rory McIlroy
However, far from being too downhearted by his struggles, the Northern Irishman is looking to the positives and is expecting to be a far greater force in the New Year.
He told reporters: "I'll just go out and enjoy myself. It's my last competitive round of the year and it's going to be around St. Andrews, which is nice.
"Go out and enjoy myself, have a good time. Try and shoot a good score and end the season on a bit of a positive note."
McIlroy's last winless year came in 2013, but he rebounded superbly to claim both the Open Championship and the USPGA Championship in the following year.
And earlier in the week he had looked to that experience as motivation to achieve a similar feat in 2018.
He added: "I've tried my best to play well and persevere, play through an injury and it just hasn't quite happened for me.
"I think this year has not been anywhere near as bad as the year I had in 2013 and I bounced back from that year pretty well the year after. Hopefully, I can do the same next year."
McIlroy can be backed at 9/1 to win The Masters next year, while he is 16/1 to claim a second Claret Jug and 11/1 to secure victory at the US Open at Shinnecock Hills.
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