Rory McIlroy believes he is enjoying the most consistent season of his career as he heads to Medinah for the BMW Championship.
The Northern Irishman is currently sitting in third position in the FedEx Cup standings.
McIlroy could become just the second ever player after Tiger Woods to top the standings twice if he can perform well in the final two tournaments before the finals.
And that, he insists, is down to a now-undervalued commodity in golf: consistency.
“Thirteen top-10s out of 17 PGA Tour events,” McIlroy explained, “two wins, it’s my best strokes gained numbers, my best stats.
“I’m not outside the top-20 in any stat that I really look at, strokes gained off the tee, strokes gained around the green, strokes gained putting, and that’s part of why I’ve been so consistent.
“I think the narrative and the way golf has become, consistency maybe is not as valued as it maybe once was. But I feel much better about my game.
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“I feel much better about my game this year than I have in previous years where I’ve been a little bit more hit and miss.”
McIlroy pointed to his 2012 for a comparison – a season in which he enjoyed more wins but also more lows.
“I won five times, but I also missed like four or five cuts and had a real bad spell in there.
“But this year it’s just been week after week, playing pretty solid golf, and just sort of being patient, waiting for my time to try to pick off the wins.”
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Brooks Koepka made a not-so-subtle dig at Bryson DeChambeau’s “anthill” moment from the first round in Memphis.
The tournament marked the resumption of the tour.
Horsfield fired an eagle and seven birdies in a second round of 63 at the Forest of Arden to share the halfway lead with Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.
Koepka carded a superb 62 to take a two-stroke lead after the opening day.
A change in date from August to May last year placed the tournament second in line behind the Masters, in calendar terms at least.
The four-time major winner shot 62 in his opening round.
The Northern Irishman needs to win to reclaim the world number one spot from Jon Rahm.
The 56-year-old, who is already the oldest winner on Tour, shot a 64 to claim a share of second place.
Rory McIlroy is excited about the jam-packed schedule that lies ahead.