McIlroy switches focus to Irish Open

Rory McIlroy is keen to move on from his disappointment at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The World No 1 was the defending champion at the European Tour’s flagship event, but ended up crashing out of the tournament with a six-over-par 78 on Saturday.

Fortunately for McIlroy, next week’s Irish Open provides the perfect opportunity to put that poor showing behind him, and unsurprisingly, he will go into the tournament as a firm 10/3 favourite with Paddy Power.

The Northern Irishman is the host of tournament at Royal County Down, which will aid his charitable foundation, The Rory Foundation.

He has been instrumental in getting some big names to attend the event, including Players champion Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood.

“I’ll just dust myself and get ready (for Royal County Down),” said McIlroy.

“I’m not angry. Just a little disappointed. But if there was any weekend to miss, coming off the back of three good weeks in the States, I’m probably in need of a little bit of rest. I’d still rather be here but it’s not all bad getting to go home for the weekend.”

He added: “Any time you’re defending a title, you want to come back and give it a valiant effort. This week wasn’t really that… I am not going to read too much into it. It was inevitable at some point that the run was going to come to an end.

“I’m sort of back to my usual at Wentworth. It wasn’t great before I won last year and it hasn’t been great after. It is what it is… If anything comes of this, it is just that I get a little bit of a rest over the next couple of days and feel a bit fresher for what’s going to be a really big week for me next week. I’ve a couple of days to refresh mentally and I’ll be okay.”

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