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Rory McIlroy says 2017 was always going to be a 'transitional year' for him

Rory McIlroy has said that 2017 was always going to be a year full of transition for his game due to battling rib and back injuries occurring throughout the winter and spring.

The Northern Irishman failed to make the cut at the US Open at Erin Hills last week, and is yet to record a victory on the PGA Tour this year.

It is an odd feeling for McIlroy who, since winning his first major at the US Open at Congressional in 2011, has suffered only a single winless year on tour, way back in 2013.

Recent comments made by Australian golfer Steve Elkington accusing McIlroy of being “bored” of golf drew the World No.3’s ire, and he’s now responded to questions about his form and attitude on the greens.

"I always felt 2017 was going to be a bit of a transitional year...," he told reporters. "It's still got two majors (left) and I'd like to finish it well.

"But if I look back over my first 10 years as a pro, am I happy with where my careers at? I would say, 'yes, I guess'. But I definitely feel like in the next 10 years, that I can do better."

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