St. Louis - Rory McIlroy yearns for a breakthrough victory
after a season of near misses, with the four-time major winner hopeful this
week's PGA Championship can launch his "work-in-progress" game to new
"I'm giving myself chances nearly every week,"
McIlroy said on Tuesday. "It's not as if my game's in bad shape at all.
It's just I haven't won as much as I would have liked, but there's still plenty
of time to change that."
McIlroy has risen to fifth in the world rankings ahead of
Thursday's start of the year's final major tournament at Bellerive Country
Club, trying to claim his first major title since the 2014 PGA.
"Where my game is, I feel like I've done as well as I
could with what I have. It's still a work in progress," McIlroy said.
"I'm still working on a few things in my swing and trying to iron a few
"With a good week this week, it just puts a different
spin on my year from being what some people see as disappointing to back on
track and another major and going forward again."
One person expecting great things soon from McIlroy is
European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn.
"You go through spells where you don't quite get over
the line, but he's still contending every week, and I admire his patience and
the way he goes about it," Bjorn said.
"He's in a place where it's going to go boom and then
he's going to start winning a lot of golf tournaments again. Eventually when he
wins that one, then I think he'll just start rolling again."
McIlroy won at Bay Hill in March but shared fifth at the
Masters and second last month at the British Open, his eighth top-10 effort
without a win in his past 14 major starts.
"It's certainly close," McIlroy said. "I've
kept giving myself chances this year. I haven't closed out those tournaments as
I would have liked, but at least I'm putting myself in position.
"The only thing I haven't done is win enough. I've
given myself a lot of chances. I haven't played well enough when it has
counted. I'm just trying to make that little step from contending and getting
into final groups to lifting trophies."
McIlroy learned last week at the WGC Bridgestone
Invitational, when he stumbled to a final-round 73 and shared sixth, that part
of what makes him a strong driver is hurting his short game.
"What makes me so good with the driver is sometimes
what makes me inconsistent with the wedges," McIlroy said. "So it's
just about trying to find that blend."
McIlroy blamed injury and bad habits on detrimental swing
"I'm trying to get back to the way I was the last time
I won a major in 2014 at Valhalla. I think that's one of the best times I swung
the club really well at that point in time," McIlroy said.
"I've gotten into a couple of bad habits and that just
makes it a little tougher for me to be consistent with a shorter club in my
hand. So I'm working on it. But it's a process."
McIlroy already has a process for what to do if he hoists
the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday.
"Maybe I'll get to see the nightlife," he said.
"And bring that Wanamaker into some of the bars."