Louisville: With his confidence sky-high and his golf “in good shape”, Rory McIlroy says he has never driven the ball better as he heads into this week’s PGA Championship fresh from wins in his last two tournaments.
The Northern Irishman clinched his third career Major in wire-to-wire fashion at last month’s British Open, then landed his first World Golf Championships (WGC) title at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.
McIlroy is especially delighted with the state of his mental approach to the game, though he is wary of any media hype that the sport is entering a ‘Rory era’ of individual dominance.
“I’m in a happy space. I’ve had a great run of golf and I’ve played well over the past few months,” the newly-crowned world No. 1 told reporters at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday while preparing for the season’s final Major.
“I said at the start of the year that golf was looking for someone to put their hand up and sort of become one of the dominant players in the game. I felt like I had the ability to do that.
“It’s just nice to be able to win a few tournaments and get back to where I feel like I should be, which is near the top of the world rankings, competing in Majors and winning golf tournaments.”
McIlroy, who regained the world No. 1 ranking from Australian Adam Scott with his WGC victory at Firestone on Sunday, felt that any talk of a new era was premature.
“Sometimes I feel that people are too quick to jump to conclusions and jump on the bandwagon, jump on certain things,” said the 25-year-old.
“I’m not necessarily sure you can call that an era or the start of an era, but I’m just really happy with where my golf game is at the minute and I just want to try and continue that for as long as possible.
“People can say what they want to say, that’s fine.
“But I can’t read too much into it. I just need to continue to practise hard and play well.”
McIlroy won his first Major title by a staggering eight shots at the 2011 US Open, then added a second with the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, where he also triumphed by eight. (Reuters)