Rory McIlroy is currently amidst his longest winless streak since 2013 having failed to muster a victory since the TOUR Championship last September, and has confessed he is far away from where he wants to be.

Since his last victory, the Northern-Irishman has been hampered with injury and has only managed 10 starts in the eight months that have passed, however he still believes that his game itself is letting him down.

“I know where I am and I realise that I’m a long way off where I want to be, but I can’t think about that at the minute.

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“I just have to think about trying to win golf tournaments, trying to get in contention again at golf tournaments, first of all,” he said ahead of his title defence at the Irish Open this week.

During his drought, McIlroy has slipped from world-number-two to world-number-four as both Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama have overtaken the 28-year-old.

Players tend to play down the importance of world rankings in their mind and game but McIlroy has been the first to admit he’s not too happy with his slip.

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“Does it bother me? Yeah, look, it bothers me I’m not where I want to be.

“But I feel like there’s been a couple of things that have been out of my control this year that have led to that with the injuries and stuff,” he continued.

“Like I’ve said all along, winning golf tournaments and playing well takes care of the rankings. It’s funny, I don’t look at it as much now as I would if I was number one. If I was Dustin Johnson, I would be looking at that thing every Monday morning.”

McIlroy begins his title defence at Portstewart Golf Club today as the European Tour’s Rolex Series continues.

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