May 2014 will be a month that sticks firmly in the memory of Rory McIlory.
Just days after the emotional event of breaking up with his fiancée, the WTA Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, McIlroy managed to shake off the distraction and win the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
As a result, the Northern Irishman has been selected as the European Tour’s Player of the Month and he was delighted upon receiving the award.
“To have won the BMW PGA Championship, and with it the Golfer of the Month award, is the coming together of some really good, recent form. Hopefully the win will be the start of a big season's golf for me,” he said to Sky Sports.
"Winning the European Tour's flagship event was something very special.
"My first victory on European soil is a really important and welcome addition to my career titles to date.
"The European Tour has always been good to me, and this win really cements the great relationship we enjoy.
McIlroy was in fine form as he went round the Wentworth course a fortnight ago.
The two time major winner managed to get to fourteen-under for the week, after a final round score of 66, which meant that he ended the competition one shot clear of his nearest challenger, Shane Lowry.
The trophy came as a welcome relief and a reward for the form that he has shown during the course of the season so far.
McIlory has regularly featured near the top of the leaderboards over 2014, but struggled to find an elusive title – even admitting himself that he was sick of ‘backdoor finishes’ last month.
The win, though, puts an end to that run and means that McIlroy is in the best form since when he rose to the top of the game in 2012.
The 25-year-old found things tough during 2013, playing well below his best for much of the year, but his resurgence has been a delight for most of the fans of British golf.
McIlroy has achieved six top ten finishes in the nine events he has played on the PGA Tour this season, in addition to his win at Wentworth.
He also finished in a respectable eighth position at the first major of the year, the Masters, and goes into the US Open as one of the form players on the tour.
The tournament, which takes place at Pinehurst, commences on 12th June and McIlroy will be one of the favourites to win the competition.
He is no stranger to success at the US Open, either, having won there in 2011 and he will hoping to repeat the feat a week on Sunday.
McIlroy has recently stated that he wants to become the main man in golf, with Tiger Woods' absence set to be lengthier than originally thought, and there would be no better place to announce his intentions than at Pinehurst.
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