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Thursday 8 December 2016

McIlroy target is major success

World number one Rory McIlroy admitted success is now measured in major titles as he looks to defend the BMW PGA Championship title which kick-started his brilliant run of form.

McIlroy (above) was ranked 10th before his stunning victory at Wentworth 12 months ago, which came just days after he called off his wedding to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

The 26-year-old had also missed the cut in his two previous appearances in the European Tour's flagship event, but overturned a seven-shot deficit in the final round with a closing 66.

McIlroy went on to win his third and fourth major titles in the Open Championship and US PGA, with a first WGC title in between, and has carried on where he left off in 2015 with three victories so far.

"I've got off to a good start, three wins already this season," McIlroy said. "But I would be disappointed if I wasn't to win one of the next three majors. I think that's really what determines a good or a great season for me these days."

McIlroy will play one more event, next week's Irish Open at Royal County Down where his foundation is acting as tournament host, before the US Open at Chambers Bay in June, but insists he is concentrating on the task at hand.

"My mind is focused on the next two weeks here and at the Irish Open," he added.

Meanwhile, three-time major winner Padraig Harrington is optimistic he will recover from injury in time to compete this week.

Harrington, who won his first tournament on a major worldwide tour since the 2008 US PGA in the Honda Classic in March, pulled out of the pre-tournament pro-am after suffering a shoulder problem in the gym.

The 43-year-old said: "Working on the principle I've never pulled out of an event injured, I believe I'll make it tomorrow. I'm an optimist. I've never pulled out before, and I've had some pretty bad injuries at times. If there's a physical way of me teeing up tomorrow, I will tee it up."

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