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Rory McIlroy says the signs are there that he is getting back to his best after he finished joint second in the Korean Open.
The Northern Irishman is the first to admit he has had a tough season, which has seen him slip to sixth in the world rankings, but he put in a much-improved display when finishing just one shot behind winner Kang Sung-hoon in Korea.
McIlroy started the day 10 shots of the lead but showed his class when carding a five-under-par round of 67 to earn just his second top-five finish of the season.
“Things are definitely on the up,” said McIlroy. “I feel like I’m getting back to where I need to be.
“I’ve had to stay patient this season – it hasn’t been one of my best – but it’s getting there, it definitely is.”
The 24-year-old is now looking forward to a big couple of weeks when he will play in the BWM Masters, which starts on Thursday, and then the HSBC WGV Championships a week later, both of which are played in Shanghai.
“I’m excited about these next two weeks in China,” McIlroy said. “They’re a big two weeks for me to get a little bit of momentum for the end of the season and going into 2014.
“My putter let me down in the last couple of days [in Korea]. If I can get the putting right, hopefully I’ll have a chance.”