Rory McIlroy admits he failed to reach all of his 2016 targets, but is still pleased with his return after another impressive campaign.
McIlroy posted three worldwide wins in an up-and-down season – fewer than he registered in each of his previous two campaigns – although still ended 2016 with his highest year earnings of his career so far.
“It has been a good year,” McIlroy told Sky Sports. “It hasn’t been what I had hoped for at the start, but I’m pretty happy with how the past 11 months has gone.”
The Northern Irishman posted top-six finishes in three of his first five starts and was narrowly beaten by Jason Day in the semi-finals of the WGC-Dell Match Play, before ending in a share of 10th during an inconsistent week at Augusta.
McIlroy ended a year-long wait for victory on home soil at the Irish Open, but then struggled for consistency over the summer and missed the cut at both the US Open and the PGA Championship.
Spending time working with putting coach Phil Kenyon had an immediate impact for McIlroy, as he won the Deutsche Bank Championship before snatching the FedExCup and its $10m jackpot with Tour Championship victory.
After picking up three points for Europe in their 17-11 Ryder Cup defeat at Hazeltine, McIlroy then returned to the European and posted two top-10s in the closing stages of the Race to Dubai campaign.