Cape Town - Rory McIlroy will look to end the season on a high this
weekend as he seeks a first win of the year at the Alfred Dunhill Links
The Northern Irishman returned to form last week at the
British Masters as he carded closing rounds of 64 and 63 to finish second
behind first-time winner Paul Dunne.
It was a welcome boost for McIlroy after a season hampered
by a rib injury.
The four-time major winner, who has finished runner up at
the Alfred Dunhill three times, will now hope to go one better in Scotland as
he attempts to end 2017 with a victory in front of his father.
"He rang me a couple of days ago and said 'it's good to
see you've got your game in shape for me', so I'm looking forward to it,"
"We always have a great time up there. The weather's
not supposed to be too bad, I don't think, so I'm really looking forward to
going up there and giving it another shot and trying to win a tournament this
Speaking about his performance at the British Masters, the
28-year-old said he was just happy to be back in contention.
"It was just nice to have a chance to win a golf
tournament," he said. "I think that was the big thing and the more
chances I have like that, I seem to play better. Mentally I am just a little
bit more engaged and switched on.
"I set myself a target on the back nine. I said to
myself 'if I can shoot four-under on this back nine and finish 17 under I feel
like I will have a chance'.
"So I did everything that I wanted to do, it just
wasn't good enough in the end today."