Dubai - Rory McIlroy believes he has been "too
stubborn" to seek help with his putting which eventually resulted in a
disappointing season for the Northern Irishman.
McIlroy did not win a major this year and has effectively
given up on his chances of finishing the season as European No 1 at this week's
season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
The four-times major winner has struggled with his short
game and endured a winless start to the year before getting his first victory
at the Irish Open in May.
He missed the cut at the US Open in June and the PGA
Championship in July, before finally teaming up with putting coach Phil Kenyon
in August, and went on to win the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Tour
Championship in September.
"I was too stubborn, I wanted to figure it out on my
own... Sometimes you need a second opinion," McIlroy told reporters in
"I got that in August and it really turned the season
round for me. I have learned sometimes to not be too proud. I felt like I went
long enough without asking advice on putting when that was the thing letting me
McIlroy said winning the Irish Open had been the high point
of his season.
"It might not be the biggest tournament in the world
but in my mind it is one of the biggest I play all year," the 27-year-old
"Majors aside, I feel like it's been a pretty good,
consistent year but going into next year, I'd like to think that my performances
in the majors are going to be better."