Former European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has warned Rory McIlroy will be back challenging for victories next season when he gets back to full fitness.
McIlroy has endured a disappointing season and he is yet to pick up a single victory in 2017 with his best result a runner-up finish at the BMW SA Open at the start of the year.
The Northern Irishman has been plagued by a rib problem throughout the campaign and the defending FedEx Cup champion he is danger of missing out on the Tour Championship after missing the cut at the Dell Technologies Championship last time out.
He is currently ranked 51st in the FedEx Cup standings and a good performance is required at the BMW Championship for the 28-year-old to climb into the top-30 to make the season-ending PGA Tour event.
The four-time Major winner has confirmed he will play the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship regardless of what happens on the American circuit before shutting down for the year.
Clarke has thrown his full support behind the world number six and he expects McIlroy to get back to his dominant best in 2018 when he fully recovers from injury.
“It’s a difficult thing. It never gave him any chance to get any real momentum this year and momentum is huge whenever you’re up at that standard of golf. And Rory tried so hard.
But Rory’s the most talented player in the world, so he’ll be fine,” he was quoted as saying by thenational.ae.
“Rory’s always dangerous. If he just holes a couple of putts. He’s Tiger Woods-esque in that way. If Rory plays well he’s a tough man to beat.”