Consistent Rory McIlroy seeks Memorial glory


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Rory McIlroy is optimistic about his chances of winning this week’s Memorial Tournament as he believes the Muirfield Village course suits his game.

The Northern Irishman has enjoyed a consistent season so far although he admits his displays in the first two majors of the year did come as a disappointment to him.

The 30-year-old could only finish in a tie for 21st at last month’s US Masters at Augusta before settling for joint eighth at the USPGA Championship a fortnight ago. McIlroy has four major triumphs to his name but none since 2014 when he won The Open and the PGA.

His first victory came in the 2011 US Open while he also lifted the PGA in 2012. “I’m hoping for more of the same because it’s been a really good start to the year,” he insisted.

“I think this is my 11th tournament and I’ve had nine top-10 finishes, so it’s been really consistent.

“At Bethpage (in the PGA Championship) I just didn’t get out of the blocks quickly enough. I played the last two days very well, but obviously left myself a bit too much to do after the first couple of days.

“Hopefully I’ll get off to a better start this week. The course suits me because you’ve got to drive it well. I’ve shot some good scores and had some good finishes around here. It suits me well.”

McIlroy can be backed at 9.00 to win The Memorial Tournament while Tiger Woods is available at 13.00.

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