Rory McIlroy urges European Tour to toughen up course set-ups

McIlroy also scored well at the Scottish Open in July but could not finish inside the top 30 despite breaking 70 in all four rounds, and he has called on officials to toughen up the courses for the higher-profile events.

“I’m honestly sick of coming back over to the European Tour, shooting 15 under par and finishing 30th,” said McIlroy, who will now take time off before returning at the inaugural ZOZO Championship in Japan towards the end of October.

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“I don’t think the courses are set up hard enough. There are no penalties for bad shots, and it’s tough when you come back when it’s like that. I don’t feel like good golf is regarded as well as it could be.

“It happened at the Scottish Open, as well, at the Renaissance. I finished 13 under and finished no better than 30th again, so it’s not a good test.

“I think if the European Tour want to put forth a really good product, the golf courses and setups need to be tougher.”

McIlroy’s flying finish came up agonisingly short of winning the team competition at St Andrews alongside his father, Gerry, the pair finishing tied for the lead on 39 under with Tommy Fleetwood and Ogden Phipps who were crowned champions due to Fleetwood’s higher finish in the event proper.


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