Rory McIlroy admits he never stood a chance of winning this year's Majors because he was too proud to seek help over his putting problems.
The Irish golfer missed the cut at this year's USPGA Championship and US Open earlier this summer. He was never in contention at the Masters or the Open either.
According to The Sun, McIlroy has said the sobering experience taught him a useful lesson.
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He said: "If there is one thing I learned this year it was sometimes not to be too proud.
"I felt like I went long enough without asking advice on putting because that was the thing that was letting me down. I wanted to figure it out on my own, but really I needed a second opinion."
The world number two added: "I was too stubborn – I always feel if you figure on own take ownership of it and it’s yours. But sometimes you need a second set of eyes, someone who can tell you things you may not want to hear."
He eventually seeked the help of respected putting coach Phil Kenyon, and has now turned his year around after realising he needed some help.
He added: "I got that in August, and it really turned the season round for me. So that is something I need to take note of going forward."
His performances have vastly improved. McIlroy won two of the last three FedEx Cup events in America and left with nearly £8 million in prize money as he became the overall champion.
He also played well for Europe in the Ryder Cup, and is targeting more solo success, even though he doesn't have much chance of retaining his Race to Dubai crown this week.
He is fourth in the rankings but still determined to finish the year on a high.
It just goes to show, even if you are a professional, you still need help sometimes.
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