PGA Championship ideally suited for me, says McIlroy

Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:09pm GMT
 

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

JOHNS CREEK, Georgia (Reuters) - Two months after stunning the golfing world with a runaway victory at the U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy takes aim this week for a second major title in a tournament he believes is tailor-made for his game.

The Northern Irish world number four has been widely backed as a 12-1 favourite for the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, and has tied for third in his previous two appearances in the season's final major.

"This has been a good tournament for me the last couple of years," a relaxed McIlroy told reporters on Wednesday while preparing for Thursday's opening round.

"At Hazeltine (in 2009) I didn't really have a chance to win; Yang (Yong-eun of South Korea) and Tiger (Woods) were a little far ahead of the rest of the field.

"But I felt last year at Whistling Straits I had a very good chance to win. It didn't quite work out my way, but it was a great experience for me.

"I love how the PGA of America set the golf course up at this event. I think it really suits my game and puts a premium on ball-striking. I'm looking forward to get going."

McIlroy claimed his first major title by eight shots in June at Congressional Country Club on a rain-softened course ideally suited to his power game and high ball flight.

He feels very comfortable on the par-70 Atlanta Athletic Club layout which, at 7,467 yards off the back tees, will test even the game's longest hitters to the full.   Continued...

Rory Mcllroy tees off on the sixth hole during the second round of the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament in Thousand Oaks, California, December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
 
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