Putting switch has McIlroy in confident mood

Rory McIlroy believes a change in putting technique can help him recapture his best form and get his season going.

The world number two has adopted a new left-below-right putting method after it initially worked well at Doral last week, despite suffering disappointment as he surrendered a four-stroke lead in the final round.

“I feel even more confident about [the putting change] after another week’s practice,” he said. “I'm really excited and happy about the switch.’

McIlroy is still waiting for his first win of the year, and heads into the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week as his final piece of stroke-play preparation for the Masters next month.

He admitted that he was not “aggressive enough” at Doral, but is excited about taking to the remodelled Bay Hill course in Orlando this week.

“I played in the event for the first time last year, finished 11th and left kind of kicking myself that I hadn't played in it before because the course fits my eye,” said the Irishman.

“Now they've changed things and it is absolutely perfect. Last year it wasn't in great shape but this time you couldn't ask for a better-conditioned course.”