Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he will be playing in the 2014 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, which takes place from May 22nd-25.
McIlroy, who has been showing signs of returning to the form that elevated him to number one in the world in 2012, says that he is delighted to be playing at Wentworth this year as it is the European Tour’s flagship event.
“The BMW PGA Championship is always one of the highlights of the year and it is a title we are all keen to win,” the 24-year-old, Irishman said to the European Tour.
“I’ve been a little hit and miss at Wentworth in recent years, but I think this year my game is in much better shape going into the tournament, so I’m feeling confident about my chances of performing well there.
“With it being The European Tour’s flagship event, it is a big week for everyone involved and there is always a great atmosphere.
“Some of the greats of the game have won the title over the years and it would certainly be nice to join them on the Championship’s 60th anniversary.
“Wentworth always kicks off the golf season in Europe, leading up to The Open Championship, and hopefully a good performance there can launch a successful summer for me.”
He joins a field that is already packed with quality. If he is to win the title at the BMW PGA Championship, for the first time, then he will have to beat a host of talented and in-form golfers to do so.
Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood – who has finished runner-up twice here in his career so far - Sergio Garcia and world number three Henrik Stenson have confirmed their place at Wentworth already.
Last year McIlroy’s performance at Wentworth would have been one he would have wanted to forget very quickly and he will need to be on far superior form this time, if he is to take the title.
The two-time major winner went round for five-over for the tournament, after two rounds of 74 and 75, and failed to even make the weekend, falling short of the score required to make the cut.
In the end Italian Matteo Manessaro was to come out on top and become the youngest ever winner of the event, at the age of 20.
He will be back this year to defend his title, but McIlroy is likely to be much more a threat to him this time around.
In 2013, he was struggling with his game. But this season he already has six top ten finishes, in eight events he has played, including a respectful eight placed finish at the Masters.
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