Rory McIlroy Aims for PGA Championship Victory: Stars Aligning

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‣ Rory McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship by a commanding five-shot victory, marking his fourth win at the event and signaling a strong form as he heads into the PGA Championship with hopes of ending his decade-long wait for a fifth Major title.

‣ McIlroy feels optimistic about his chances at the upcoming PGA Championship at Valhalla, a venue where he has previously won, citing his recent victories and a sense of the “stars aligning” as positive indicators of his readiness and comfort level.

‣ Reflecting on his improvement as a player, McIlroy believes he is a better golfer now than he was when he last won a Major in 2014, despite not having a Major win to show for it in recent years. He views his recent victory at the Wells Fargo Championship as a good preparation for the PGA Championship, aiming to replicate his successful performance from 2014.

Rory McIlroy just clinched another win at the Wells Fargo Championship. He’s got his eyes set on a bigger prize now – ending his wait for a fifth Major at the PGA Championship. It’s been a hot minute since his last Major triumph in 2014 at Valhalla, Kentucky. McIlroy’s feeling a bit of déjà vu, and who can blame him?

He blitzed past Xander Schauffele at Quail Hollow, nabbing a commanding five-shot victory. That’s his fourth win at the Wells Fargo. Talk about making a statement. McIlroy’s ready to take that momentum back to Valhalla, where he’s tasted victory before. “My golf swing feels more comfortable than it has done,” he told CBS, practically glowing after his win.

He’s not just riding on nostalgia. McIlroy’s got a game plan, fueled by recent successes. After winning the Zurich Classic with Shane Lowry, he’s on a two-win streak heading into the PGA Championship. It’s like 2014 all over again. “Just need to try to replicate whatever I did in 2014,” he mused in his press conference. Easier said than done, but if anyone can, it’s McIlroy.

Oh, and did you catch that sweet shoutout to his mom, Rosie, on Twitter? Heartwarming stuff. McIlroy’s not just a golf machine; he’s got a heart of gold. But back to golf – he’s feeling good about his game. “I need to stay in my own little world next week,” he said, thinking ahead to Valhalla. If he can start as strong there as he finished at Quail Hollow, watch out.

Winning the Zurich Classic with Lowry wasn’t just a victory; it was a confidence booster. That win seems to have set the tone for McIlroy’s performance at Wells Fargo. He’s connecting dots, making birdies and eagles left and right. It’s like the McIlroy of old, but he insists he’s even better now. “I’m a way better player now than I was back then,” he declared.

Despite his success, McIlroy’s hungry for another Major. It’s the one thing he feels he needs to cement his status. With a win like Wells Fargo under his belt, he’s heading into the PGA Championship with high hopes. And who knows? Maybe the stars are aligning for McIlroy once again.

Elliott Mitchell
Elliott Mitchell
Elliott Mitchell is a Golf Glance Senior Writer. After earning a degree in Sports Journalism, he joined the club in 2021. Elliott is in charge of Golf Glance's news, features, and travel sections, as well as the courses.

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