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McIlroy pleased with his game and his mental approach to golf

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:08 GMT, May 20, 2015 |
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World number one golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is pleased with his form after arriving in London fresh from his third Tour victory of the season. McIlroy, having already won the Dubai Desert Classic and the WGC Match Play in 2015, shattered the tournament record when he clinched a seven-stroke victory at the Wells Fargo Championship in Quail Hollow, North Carolina, USA on Sunday (May 17).

He is now back in Europe to defend his BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth near London which starts tomorrow (Thursday) and admitted that he is on a great run.

“It started off this year in the Middle East. I finished second in Abu Dhabi, I got my second win at the Dubai Desert Classic, and to go over to the States and to win the Matchplay and coming off a win at Quail Hollow as well. To win three times and it’s only the middle of May is a pretty good start to the season, so I’m excited, I’m excited to keep it going, there’s a lot of big tournaments coming up and my game’s in great shape, so hopefully I can put in some good performances in those as well,” said McIlroy yesterday (Tuesday).

The 26-year-old went on to say that he is most pleased about his mental attitude to the game.

“I think what pleases me most about my golf game right now is that I’m handling things mentally. I don’t feel like I’m… I’ve always had the ability to hit the ball well and to putt well and chip well. I think just managing my way around the golf course – making crucial pars when I need to, and just really being tough mentally is something that I think I’ve really improved on in the last 18 months or two years or so. I think that’s giving me the ability to play like this, week in, week out,” he said.

Next year, Europe’s Ryder Cup team will be heading to the US to defend their title under the captaincy of McIlroy’s compatriot Darren Clarke, a choice that has really pleased the world number one.

“I think Darren was a very popular choice. Obviously, in Ireland, he’s loved. I think it was a natural choice for a Ryder Cup in America for Darren to be the captain, because Darren is as loved in America as he is over here. I think that’ll be a big advantage to us that at least, the American crowds will like Darren.

“I think with the golfers as well, Darren was very popular, because he has the credentials there, he’s won the Open Championship, he’s been a great player on the European Tour for many years, he’s won a couple of World Golf Championships – I think it was the only choice,” said McIlroy.