Since that disappointment, McIlroy revealed that he has been binge-watching TV box sets and reading psychology books.
Four-time major victor McIlroy and 42-year-old Woods are both making their first starts after disappointing performances at the US Masters.
"It was more the quiet moments", McIlroy said. I was trying to say if you look at where the US Open and the Open were compared to the Masters 50 years ago, they were bigger.
Rory McIlroy tried everything he could to forget about golf in the days following the Masters. He started the final round in the final group, three shots behind eventual victor Patrick Reed, and he was coming off a sizzling 65 in the third round. The first eagle came after driving the green at the par-4 14th and rolling in from just inside seven feet.
I posited yesterday that McIlroy employed a poor choice of words, and that he didn't mean he doesn't care about 50% of golf's major championships. "I've just got to make the adjustments". "I made some good swings, hit some good putts, and 68 is a good way to start".
"Ball-striking wise I'm fine, I'm right there", Woods said. I was sort of holding it together.
Adding to his discontent was his failure to win the one tournament he's desperately trying to win.
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In the final pairing with eventual champion Patrick Reed, McIlroy was unable to sustain a charge at the American, spluttering to a two-over-par round and a tied-fifth finish.
"I was just trying to say that from where those tournaments were in stature in this game to where now the Masters is, I feel like the Masters has replaced those two tournaments. It is the most amount of eyeballs, the most amount of hype, the most amount of everything is at Augusta".
So no, I don't think the grand slam, that's not really what I think about.
The Wells Fargo Championship is special to McIlroy, too. Then he shot a 61 - bettering his course record - in 2015 on the way to his second victory in the tournament. He currenty sit 32nd in the FedExCup after a win in March at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
"I've played it well".
McIlroy backtracked on that Thursday, saying that while he did believe the Masters was the best that "I care deeply about those other (tournaments)". I'm sure the Ryder Cup captains were paying attention to how certain pairings played in the two very different formats, possibly getting a read on where to place their eventual qualifiers in the hard and stressful rotation later this year.