PGA Championship ideally suited for me, says McIlroy
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...