Published Monday, 05 August 2013
Ahead of the final major of the year - the USPGA Championship - the world number one's final round of 70 gave him a seven shot victory in the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.
Preparations for Rory McIlroy however are probably still leaving more questions than answers, as has typified the Holywood man's year.
The 24-year-old showed plenty of grit and battling qualities, but the key element of consistency is still just out of his reach at the moment.
Twenty-six places and 17 shots separated McIlroy from Woods on the final leaderboard as he prepares to defend the USPGA.
It means there has still been no McIlroy win since he switched to Nike at the turn of the year.
He'll tee off on Thursday alongside Vijay Singh and Martin Kaymer - all players who know the route to Major victories.
Rory began his final day solidly - his opening 12 holes yielding level par, but a double-bogey at the 13th saw the frustration we've become too accustomed to seeing this year etched again on his face.
There was another bogey on 14 when a long-range approach missed the green.
McIlroy's putting coach Dave Stockton has said McIlroy needs to smile more and have better body language on the course if he is to arrest the slide when things are not going well.
If he can replicate last year's form this week at the USPGA, one feels we could yet see that smile cross the face of the Holywood player once again.
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