London: Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy believes the confidence he will gain from his BMW PGA Championship victory at Wentworth could act as a launch pad to get him back on top of the rankings.
The 25-year-old shrugged aside the midweek heartache of breaking off his planned wedding to Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki by winning the European Tour’s flagship event by one stroke from Ireland’s Shane Lowry on Sunday.
“I think it’s the start of something,” twice Major winner McIlroy told reporters after his emotional triumph lifted him from 10th to sixth in the world. “I could feel my game sort of bubbling and it was getting there — a win validates that.
“The game is waiting for one or two guys just to kick on. I’d like to be that guy and I’d like to think this is a springboard to doing something like that.
“There are still three Majors to play this year, a lot of golf left,” McIlroy said after becoming the first Northern Irishman to land the coveted BMW PGA title in the 60th edition of the championship.
“There are a lot of big tournaments to try and win, so even though we’re nearly halfway through the season I feel like mine’s just beginning.”
McIlroy’s Ryder Cup teammate Luke Donald, who dunked his second shot into the water at the last as he strained for the eagle three that would have forced a playoff, said the wedding may have been on the Northern Irishman’s mind for some time.
“My guess is that it wasn’t a decision to break up with Caroline which just came out of the blue,” said Donald after finishing in third place, two shots behind the winner. “I’m sure it has been weighing on his mind for a while and maybe just getting it out released something.”