McIlroy: Win big boost ahead of Augusta
Rory McIlroy said his confidence is soaring ahead of next month’s Masters following his win at last weekend’s Arnold Palmer Invitational.
McIlroy blew away the field at Bay Hill as he birdied five of the last six holes for a blemish-free eight-under par 64 and a three-shot victory.
It was his first title in 18 months since the 2016 Tour Championship.
The 28-year-old Ulsterman was rightly proud of his performance down the stretch and said he had never doubted his own ability despite going 26 starts without a win.
World's Top 10 🌎
7️⃣ McIlroy ⬆️
8️⃣ Fowler ⬇️
9️⃣ Koepka ⬇️
🔟 Garcia ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/4a3OcIEKZP
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) March 19, 2018
"It's huge," he said: "The shots that I was able to hit under pressure coming down the stretch.”
"All these little barriers that you have to overcome, whether it be physical or mental. It's huge for my confidence going into the next few weeks."
With just this week's WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play before the Masters, McIlroy said the win was the perfect boost as he bids to complete a career Grand Slam at Augusta National.
“I kept saying I didn't need a win going into Augusta to feel like I had a chance, I just wanted to see signs of good golf, and thankfully I've been able to get both," he added.
"I've always believed in myself and I know that me being 100 percent healthy is good enough to not just win on the PGA Tour, but win a lot.
"I wanted to get back to 100 percent fitness, which I have, and that allows me to practice as much as I want, go about my business and do everything that I need to do to feel 100 percent prepared to play golf tournaments.
"So I never lost belief. I know that I've got a gift for this game and I know that if I put the time in I can make a lot of it. I guess that's what's kept me going."
Billy Horschel sets out to double prize money at event aimed at boosting diversity
The 34-year-old American hosted the inaugural Billy Horschel APGA Tour Invitational at Sawgrass in July.
Rory McIlroy claims 20th PGA title with victory in CJ Cup
The Northern Irishman put his Ryder Cup torment behind him to win by a stroke from Collin Morikawa.
Matt Fitzpatrick responds to Ryder Cup disappointment with Andalucia Masters win
The Yorkshireman was bogey-free in the final round at the notoriously difficult Valderrama.
Rory McIlroy two shots off the lead after sizzling 62 in Las Vegas
The Northern Irishman shot his lowest score since 2019 to take second place heading into the final round.
Rory McIlroy looking to kick on after emotional Ryder Cup
McIlroy broke down in tears in a rare show of emotion in Wisconsin.
Jon Rahm keen to win at Valderrama for ‘historic reasons and nostalgia’
The Spaniard is hoping to perform on home soil.
‘Stupid is as stupid does’ – Phil Mickelson criticises club length restriction
The R&A and USGA have brought in a ‘model local rule’ to limit all clubs other than putters to a maximum of 46 inches.
Top-level golf tournaments to be given option of imposing limit on club length
This could curb the big-hitting likes of Bryson DeChambeau in their continual quest for greater length off the tee.
THE CJ CUP: Vegas links that could help us hit the jackpot this week
The PGA Tour remains in Las Vegas this week and several players in the field have some home advantage which could prove significant.