Not sure what it does for him. I’d be very surprised if he didn’t have total belief and conviction that he had the game to win on an ‘easy’ desert course, so he’ll have learnt little about his game
He’s successful enough to pick and choose when he plays and take as much time off as he wants and he may well take 2 months or more off at end of year so it doesn’t act as any springboard to build on
If he was 10yrs younger I wonder if he would’ve played Valderrama last weekend instead of Vegas and would that have been a better test of his game?
Also, it's worth remembering the European Tour wins (ignoring the World Golf & Major overlaps).....think Mickelson might have 1 (Scottish Open?)? The key takeaway from the comparison with Mickelson is it's probably unfair to dismiss McIlroy's ability to contend, but I'm not sure McIlroy (even with his exemption) will want to be playing Tour golf at 50.... unless he still needs to win the Masters to add to his 12 Major titles at that stage!