McIlroy in confident mood

As he eyes his second major title in as many months, Rory McIlroy says his game is in better shape than ever.

The Northern Irishman followed up July’s Open Championship victory with another trophy at the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, and is feeling pretty confident as he looks to make it a hat-trick of wins at this week’s fourth and final major of the year, the US PGA Championship.

His recent efforts are a far cry from his highly-publicised struggles in 2013, when a switch to Nike clubs at the start of the year resulted in a serious dip in form.

The victory at Firestone on Sunday also saw him retake the World No 1 ranking, and McIlroy admits he is feeling like a much improved player.

“This is better. I’m more in control of my ball and my ball flight. Mentally, I’m really sharp,” he said.

McIlroy started the final round at Firestone three shots behind Sergio Garcia but led after three holes and held off the Spaniard all the way to the clubhouse.

“It was the most comfortable I’ve ever felt trying to close out a golf tournament out there [on Sunday],” he added.

“I felt normal. I felt like it was the first round or the second round. It didn’t feel like a fourth round.

“When I say mentally it’s the best I’ve ever been, I didn’t get ahead of myself. I didn’t start to think about my score.

“I didn’t think about where I was in the tournament, I just kept playing my shot after shot after shot.”