Rory McIlroy is already looking forward to returning to Quail Hollow next year, the venue of the 2017 PGA Championship, despite failing to win what would have been his third Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday.
The world number three has grown an affinity with the event, winning it in 2010 and 2015 and finishing runner-up in 2012. In fact, only once, in 2011, has he failed to finish in the top ten in the seven appearances he has made at the event.
A closing round of 66 on Sunday was only good enough to secure fourth spot behind James Hahn, but with renovation on the Tom Fazio-designed course set to start soon, he said he already can’t wait to return as next year the course will play host to the year's final major.
“Since I heard that the PGA was coming here a few years ago, it's been one that I've been earmarking that I feel like it's a really good chance for me,” he told reporters.
“Anytime I walk back here I always feel comfortable.
“I feel like I'll always have a chance to contend and it's definitely one next year, the '17 PGA, I'd love to get my name on that Wanamaker [Trophy].”
McIlroy has won the PGA Championship twice previously, in 2010 and 2012.
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