McIlroy hungry for more in 2011

He’s come close on several occasions, but what Rory McIlroy would really like are some more wins before the year is out.

He’s come close on several occasions, but what Rory McIlroy would really like are more wins before the year is out.

The current World No 3 admits that 2011 has already been a “life-changing year”, one that saw him capture his first major title at the US Open at the tender age of 22, but that doesn’t mean he’s not eager to get back to winning ways.

He hasn’t won since that spectacular US Open win, and McIlroy, coming off the back of four consecutive top-three finishes that has left him in a confident mood, would like two more wins before the end of the year.

Hr made the comments after his most recent near miss at the Korea Open on Sunday, where he finished runner-up to first-time winner Rickie Fowler.

“It would be good to get another win before the end of the season,” he told AFP in Shanghai.

“My last two tournaments, I’ve finished second in both. I’m getting better, just waiting for that next one,” he said.

He’ll certainly have more opportunities to get that next one, and in some big tournaments like the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, the Hong Kong Open and the European Tour’s grand season finale, the Dubai World Championship – all still to come this year.

“If I could win one of those three or even two of them… I feel as if I’m playing well enough,” he added.

As for the wrist injury sustained during the first round of the USPGA Championship back in August, McIlroy says it has fully healed.

“It’s 100 percent. I just needed to rest it for a few weeks,” he said.

This week the Northern Irishman is competing in The Shui On Land China Golf Challenge, an exhibition event featuring McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Liang Wen-chong, who are playing 18 holes in seven Chinese cities in seven days.