Rory McIlroy reveals why ‘the stars are aligning’ ahead of PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy

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Rory McIlroy won two consecutive PGA Tour tournaments by showcasing an impressive performance in the back-nine at the Wells Fargo Championship, overtaking Xander Schauffele.

The second-ranked player in the world, who won the Zurich Classic with Shane Lowry two weeks ago, began the last round of the tournament one stroke behind Schauffele. However, they finished strongly with a score of 32 on the back nine to win impressively.

McIlroy won the Quail Hollow tournament for the fourth time with a score of 17 under, thanks to his excellent round of six-under 65. This win has given him the perfect preparation for next week’s US PGA Championship at Valhalla - the venue, in which he last won a major title in 2014.

During a recent interview with Sky Sports, McIlroy expressed his confidence in his performance for the week at a golf course that he is familiar with. Additionally, he mentioned that he feels more at ease with his golf swing compared to before.

Next week, I'm heading to a place where I previously emerged victorious. It seems like fate is on my side. However, I can't get complacent as I have to play my best game and compete with some truly talented golfers.

"I'm heading into the next big tournament of the year with a strong sense of confidence and optimism."

Schauffele came in second place, losing by a margin of five after struggling to score a 71. Meanwhile, An Byeong-hun of South Korea took third place with a score of nine under par, completing his round with a solid 66.

McIlroy got a birdie on the first hole with a great approach that landed the ball inside five feet from the hole. Sadly, he lost the advantage on the fourth hole when he couldn't recover from a bunker near the green.

Schauffele's streak of making pars was disrupted when he bogeyed the sixth hole after three-putting. Nevertheless, he made a comeback by executing a remarkable shot on the next hole. His approach to the par five landed only 12 feet away from the hole, and he managed to sink the ball for an eagle.

When McIlroy had three-putted, he ended up being behind by two shots. However, he made a par on that same hole.

Nevertheless, the golfer from Northern Ireland made an impressive comeback by scoring birdies at the eighth and ninth holes. He then followed it up with an eagle from a distance of 34 feet at the 10th hole.

During the same three-hole period, Schauffele scored one point less than his competitor who has four major wins, placing him one point ahead.

As Schauffele made a mistake on the 12th, McIlroy took the lead by two points. McIlroy then increased the pressure on Schauffele by making a birdie from a distance of 13 feet at the next hole.

Schauffele couldn't make par when he hit his tee shot into the rough area behind the green on the 13th hole. This left McIlroy with a four stroke lead.

McIlroy successfully retrieved his golf ball from a bunker near the green for an additional score at the reachable hole number 14. Schauffele, on the other hand, failed to make the shot from five feet away, leaving McIlroy with a five-point lead.

McIlroy didn't have to worry about a tense ending thanks to an impressive eagle shot from a bunker near the 15th hole. He then confidently finished the 16th and 17th holes with pars, but unfortunately lost two shots on the final hole due to his approach shot landing in the water.

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