ory McIlroy’s frustrating run of form continued at the WGC Match Play event on Wednesday.
The 2015 winner was grouped with Ryder Cup team-mate Ian Poulter, Cameron Smith and Lanto Griffin at the Austin Country Club in Texas.
And McIlroy slumped to his worst WCG Match Play loss for a decade on day one of the 2021 tournament, losing 6&5 to friend and fellow Briton Poulter.
The former world no1’s tough day was perhaps best summed up by his errant tee shot at the fifth hole, which, as you can see below, veered way left and took a huge bounce off the path before landing in a nearby swimming pool.
McIlroy this week announced that he had begun working with coach Pete Cowen in a bid to correct the frustrating issues with his swing.
The Northern Irishman recently missed cuts at both the Players Championship and Genesis Invitational – with respective sixth and 10th-placed finishes at the WGC-Workaday and Arnold Palmer Invitational events in between – as well as falling out of the world’s top 10 for the first time since 2018.
He currently sits at no11.
McIlroy finished in a share of ninth spot at the delayed Masters in November and will hope to recover his form quickly in a bid to have another crack at winning the only Major championship that still eludes him at Augusta National next month.