SportPGA Championship 2019: Rory McIlroy, 30, confident his best is still to come
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Rory McIlroy is confident his best years are still to come as he prepares to play his first major since turning 30.
McIlroy won four of golf's premier stroke play events before turning 26, but he has endured a barren period in majors since claiming the last of those titles at the 2014 PGA Championship.
Ahead of this week's PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, McIlroy said: "I definitely don't feel 30. I mean, even just at the start of this press conference, [it was mentioned that] this is my 11th PGA Championship. It's like, where did those go?
Rory McIlroy is in right place mentally ahead of Wells Fargo, PGA
Rory McIlroy is not looking ahead to the 101st edition of the PGA Championship, which will be staged in two weeks at Bethpage Black. No, his mind is on the present. McIlroy's concerted effort to make sure his attitude is on the good side of par and that the game doesn't define him has proven to be one of his top weapons this year, one that has included so many solid runs at victory that came up just short and led to criticism that he couldn't win on Sunday.
"My body is as good as it has been in a couple of years, which I'm really grateful for. Every week that I tee it up, I feel like I'm gaining more experience that I can put into the next tournament and the next tournament.
"You know, I still believe my best days are ahead of me, for sure."
Five of McIlroy's 24 professional wins have come in May, so it is no surprise he is happy with the PGA being moved forward from its traditional August slot.
"I've had a pretty good record in May. I've won a few tournaments, and I was a pretty big fan of this date change," he stated.
.— PGA of America (@PGA) cleaning up his short game.
The Northern Irishman is also very comfortable with this week's venue, even though Bethpage's Black Course is renowned as one of the most fearsome challenges in golf.
McIlroy's silver lining entering PGA? The driver is back
Rory McIlroy’s closing 73 at the Wells Fargo Championship wasn’t what he’d hoped, for but he did find a silver lining as he prepares for his next start at the PGA Championship in two weeks. After struggling with his driver at last month’s Masters, the Northern Irishman said he was pleased with the progress he made off the tee at Quail Hollow Club, where he finished second in strokes gained: off-the-tee. Instead he said his focus before heading to Bethpage for the year’s second major will be on his short game.
"I think it's fair," said McIlroy. "You get rewarded for good shots, and you get punished for bad ones.
"I feel sometimes at major championships courses are brought to the edge, and sometimes good shots are punished. Whether that's fair or not is up for debate, but I think it's a very fair golf course. I think the setup is very fair. I think Kerry Haigh [the PGA of America's Chief Championship Officer] is the best in the business at setting golf courses up. I've said that for a long time.
"And yeah, look, we all know what New York and Long Island is like. A Ryder Cup here is five years away, but I think they're planning on letting 60,000 in a day here this week, so it'll be pretty loud."
Winners and losers from the 2019 PGA Championship.
The 2019 PGA Championship is complete. As was the case in 2018, Brooks Koepka came out victorious. With his win, Koepka now has four major wins in less than two years. He’s also the No. 1 ranked player in the world. As such, he is clearly the week’s top winner. But he’s not the only man who should be happy with his week. Dustin Johnson did a lot to make Koepka earn his victory down the stretch. Rory McIlroy didn’t play well at times. Still, he managed to post a respectable week. Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, had a decent finish. But he let a potential opportunity to contend go by the wayside.
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