Rory McIlroy is confident that he can make an impact at the upcoming Players Championship, following a positive showing at Quail Hollow at the weekend. The Northern Irishman could only manage a T16 finish on Sunday, but hit top form earlier in the tournament, with an impressive third round score of 66.
Having let a coveted career Grand Slam slip through his fingers at the Masters last month, Rory McIlroy was hoping to bounce back in style at the recent Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. After carding an opening round of 68, McIlroy experienced a 29th birthday to forget the following day, with a disastrous round of 76, putting him in danger of missing the cut. Fortunately, McIlroy managed to salvage par at the 18th, keeping his hopes of winning the tournament for a third time alive. What followed was a round of solid golf from the World No. 8, hitting -5 for the day and proving once again, that while his form has been inconsistent over the last 12-months, he is still very much in the mix.
The tournament was eventually won by Jason Day (-12), with McIlroy finishing nine behind (-3).
“I felt like my game improved as the week went on. I saw some decent signs [on Saturday],” said McIlroy
“I actually hit the ball much better today – the score doesn’t quite suggest that. I have still got a couple of things to work on going into next week.
“The game definitely felt like it got better heading into the weekend. Hopefully I can build upon that next week.”
The 29-year-old is now set to feature at the upcoming Players Championship (May 10 – 13) at TPC Shawgrass.
“Sawgrass is a completely different test to what this golf course is. You are going to have to play slightly differently, hit different shots off tees” McIlroy added.
“I will probably change my bag set-up a little bit. I won’t hit as many drivers. I have got the driving iron in the bag – I will hit quite a lot around there.
“It’s just [about] tightening up a few areas. I saw enough good in there this week to give me encouragement going into next week.”