Rory McIlory is determined to turn his good form into victories after he finished in tied eighth position at the Wells Fargo Championships.
McIlroy now has five top ten finishes to his name this year – including one at the first major of the year, The Masters, last month – but he is still looking for that elusive victory.
This week he showed an impressive amount of skill – shooting under par in three of the four rounds, but it was to be his display on the second day of play that cost him.
The Irishman’s score of 76 blighted what was otherwise an impressive week and, ultimately, left him with too much to do to close the gap to the top of the leaderboard on the final day – where he could only make a two-under-par score of 70.
It meant that McIlroy finished the tournament six-shots behind the eventual winner J.B Holmes and he is keen to ensure that he doesn’t consistently get into good positions but fail to challenge for the title.
He told reporters in Charlotte: “I'm in the top 10 every week and it is fine, it's whatever. But it's not wins.
"It's another solid week. They're top 10s, but they're top 10s without getting in contention either.
"I don't want to back door and top 10 it every week. It's nice to pick up a nice paycheck but it doesn't really get the adrenaline going."
The 24-year-old may have been left frustrated at his failure to finish on top of the pile this week, but he does admit that his game is going the right direction.
The multiple time major winner’s form dipped towards the end of the 2013 season, but this campaign he has started to show the form which elevated him to number one of the world in 2012.
He also admits that his putting hasn’t been up to scratch recently – and he has been putting a lot of work into it on the course in training – and he is encouraged by the improvements that he has seen in this department so far.
“"It's not really what I want but It's going in the right direction," McIlroy said. "I'm improving a little bit each week. Hopefully one of these weeks it will all come together."
One player who it did all come together for this week was certainly Holmes. The American was in scintillating form, not carding an above par score throughout the week, to claim his first tour triumph in six years.
He even was able to compensate for two bogeys in the final three holes, and hold off a valiant challenge from Jim Furyk – who shot a seven under par 65 – to claim a victory which is made all the more remarkable by the fact he underwent two brain surgeries in 2011.
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