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Rory McIlroy eyes more 2014 success ahead of PGA Championship

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Rory McIlroy insists he wants to win as many tournaments as possible in the remaining months of 2014 as the in-form Northern Irishman prepares to add another US PGA title to his cabinet at Valhalla this week. 

Following on from a wire-to-wire win at the Open as well as last week's victory at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, the 25-year-old golfer returned to the top of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time since March '13, ending Adam Scott's 11-week stay as number one. 

And McIlroy is eager to add as many accolades as he can in the coming months: "Does the Grand Slam in Bermuda count? Does the Ryder Cup count?" he said jokingly to reporters.

US PGA hopes

"I feel like with the way I'm playing, there's a few left in me this year. My goal now until the end of the year is to try to win as many golf tournaments as I can." 

First up on McIlroy's agenda is this week's final Major, the US PGA at Valhalla, a tournament he is no stranger to success in, having added the Wanamaker Trophy to his 2011 US Open success the following year at Kiawah Island - where he won by an incredible eight shots.

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But despite that stunning margin of victory two years ago, the triple-Major champion believes he is in better shape now than he was then. 

Better than 2012

"This is better. I'm more in control of my ball and mentally I'm sharp," he added. 

"It's great to have a chance to win three in a row at the US PGA. It's the most comfortable I've felt."

Having won on his last two starts on two very different courses, his competitors have every reason to be slightly concerned by McIlroy's majestic performances over the past three weeks. 

Birdie fest

In both of those, he was a combined 30-under par, and with his phenomenally powerfully driving showing no signs of deterioration over Firestone's back nine on Sunday, he will make birdies aplenty at the Louisville course this week. 

In 2000, when the US PGA was last staged at the 18 holes in Kentucky, Tiger Woods set the record for being under par at the championship when he finished with an 18-under total - something he matched in 2006. 

Although after 14 years of absence the course will undoubtedly be very different to the one Woods triumphed on, the course will be accessible all the same, making McIlroy's length and accuracy off the tee a formidable tool. 

Long and straight

Sergio Garcia, the man McIlroy has pipped in both his two recent tournament wins, said post-round on Sunday: "Everybody saw it. He drove the ball miles and very, very straight for the most part. He gave himself a lot of birdie looks."

Despite the US PGA routinely attracting a stellar cast of elite players, if McIlroy shows the type of form he has at Hoylake and in Ohio, he could well run away with yet another Wanamaker Trophy this week. 

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Rory McIlroy
PGA Tour
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Sergio Garcia
Tiger Woods

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