Ultra confident McIlroy wary of 'Rory era' talk

Tue Aug 5, 2014 1:17pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) - With his confidence sky-high and his golf "in really 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've had a great run of golf and I've played well over the past few months," the newly crowned world number one 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 number one 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 from Holywood in County Down.   Continued...

PGA golfer Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland,  speaks during a press conference held during practice for the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Country Club on August 5, 2014. USA TODAY Sports/Brian Spurlock