Sunday Paper Review: McIlroy could be looking at another fallow year in terms of majors

Philip Quinn and Dermot Gilleece joined Joe Molloy in Portstewart

BY Simon Maguire 21:11 Sunday 9 July 2017, 21:11 9 Jul 2017

Rory McIlroy leaves the course after failing to make the cut. Image: ©INPHO/Presseye/Matt Mackey

The Off the Ball team are based in Portstewart for the duration of the Irish Open as the European Tour's top players battle it out for a multi-million Euro prize fund.

This week's Sunday Paper Review took place in the Newstalk lounge and Joe Molloy was joined by Philip Quinn and Dermot Gilleece to look at the big stories this Sunday.

Rory McIlroy's on-course troubles were discussed after he missed a fourth cut in five years at the Irish Open.

"I think we all agree..it was Hamlet without the prince when Rory went out on Friday," said Quinn. "Now, Dermot and I share a view on this...Rory has to find a way of playing better.

"He has to find a way of delivering because if you look anywhere around Portstewart and the approach roads  - he's the poster guy. He's the guy that people have come to see and a lot of people who were here yesterday, 23,000, a lot of people probably took the day off, booked it in advance, people who work on Saturday would go and see Rory and would go and see G-Mac (Graeme McDowell) and neither of them were here. 

Rory McIlroy plays from the rough on the 16th. Image: ©INPHO/Presseye/Peter Morrison

"And it's just as well Jon Rahm is here because everyone has gotten onto his coat-tails but it's a fourth missed cut in five years. He hasn't had a win...since September. He's under-cooked this year going into the Open.

"He keeps talking about flicking a switch but really great players...shouldn't have to flick a switch.

"They should be able to play at a certain level week-in, week-out and right now, I think he's got to find something pretty, pretty quickly otherwise we could be looking at another fallow year in terms of majors," he added.  

The full discussion can be heard here:

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