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Thursday 12 December 2019

McIlroy aiming to match career-best

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy believes he is fully capable of achieving his target of two wins from his next five events to equal his career-best season.

McIlroy has won the Players Championship, Canadian Open and Tour Championship in 2019 but is determined not to rest on his laurels as he tries to close the gap on world number one Brooks Koepka.

"I've got an opportunity over the next few weeks where there's a lot of world ranking points so my goal is to get closer, just to try to keep progressing, get a couple more wins," McIlroy said ahead of the BMW PGA Championship.

"I feel like I'm playing well enough. The most I've ever won in a season is five (in 2012). I'd love to at least equal that and try to better that.

"I'll try not to let my foot off the pedal and finish the year the way I started it on a very positive note. Then I can really enjoy the off-season, or whatever off-season we have, December, January, and reset and go again."

McIlroy admitted he had to "drag myself off the sofa" after almost two weeks off following his play-off loss in the Omega European Masters as the effects of a condensed schedule took its toll. "To be honest with you, it's been quite tough," McIlroy added.

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