Rory McIlroy, the former World No. 1 who's had on-and-off success during the 2014-15 season, has learned a lot of valuable lessons this year.
The most important? Take a break from other sports during your career's busy season.
McIlroy was asked to assess his season at a press conference Wednesday ahead of the Tour Championship, the last leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
"Interesting, disappointing, not unfulfilling, that would be going too far," the Northern Irishman told the press. After all, McIlroy did have two wins on tour at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play event and the Wells Fargo Championship. He's also within reach of regaining the top world ranking and a $10 million prize if he can pull out a win this weekend.
The 26-year-old kept it light and joked about an ankle injury sustained in July, one that kept him sidelined for over a month... a Rory-less month that Jason Day and Jordan Spieth took prime advantage of.
“Don’t play football in the middle of the season,” McIlroy joked.
Jokes aside, McIlroy's year is far from over. After the PGA Tour season comes to a close, he'll defend his title in the European Tour's Race to Dubai, where he leads England's Danny Willett by approximately 305,000 points though he played just nine qualifying events.