McIlroy planning to make hair-cut

Rory McIlroy could go from mop-top to flat-top this week with an overdue trip to the barber’s.

The teenage sensation, 19, is threatening to make the cut every housewife has been crying out to see after his whirlwind three-week run in the US.

Still ranked 17th in the world, McIlroy ran out of steam as he finished 58th in the Verizon Heritage on Sunday.

But he plans to recharge his batteries with a two week break at home and a haircut he’s been putting on the long finger since last year.

Happy to take a break, McIlroy said: “I’ve gone so far one way with my hair that I might go the all the way the other way. I'm not saying I'll shave it all off, but we’ll certainly take it down a notch or two.”

The Ulsterman lit up the Masters with a brilliant, final rounds back nine as he finished tied for 20th on his debut.

But he failed to make it six US top 20s in a row in South Carolina and is looking forward to getting a break before a four tournament run that will see him play the Players Championship at Sawgrass, the Irish Open, BMW Championship and the European Open.

Determined never to play the week after a major again, he said: “When I get to the third tournament, I don’t get tired but I jut seem to get fired up and I don’t think I will ever to able to play as much as Ernie Els.

“I’ll put clubs away for a while when I get home but after four or five days I really want to take them out again and I will hungry to get back again and feeling sharp.

“I am never going to play the week after a major again. I just felt flat in Harbour Town. It was a great tournament and a great week but I just didn’t have the same energy that I had at Augusta. I just didn’t feel as fresh.”