Rory McIlroy (16/1 PGA Championship Outright) believes his game is in good shape heading into this week’s PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Oklahoma.
The Northern Irishman is a four-time major winner and he came up just short in his latest attempt to complete the career grand slam at last month’s Masters, finishing in second place to world number one Scottie Scheffler.
Since then, the 33-year-old has featured in just one event, producing another solid showing when finishing fifth at last week’s Wells Fargo Championship and he certainly feels his game is in good shape heading into the second major of 2022.
“I feel good about my game,” McIlroy told reporters. “I’ve led greens in regulation the last two tournaments I’ve played. That’s something that hasn’t quite been there (before) and that’s something you need to do, especially around here.
“You hit greens here, you’re going to give yourself birdie chances. The targets are pretty small, pretty limited with where the hole locations will be, so you hit it into the middle of the greens here, you’re going to have decent chances.
“I focused a lot on iron play and chipping and putting last week in practice because I knew that was going to be the key to having a good week this week.”
McIlroy knows all about claiming victory at the PGA Championship, twice doing so in 2012 and 2014, and he will be playing alongside two other major winners during his opening two rounds this week in Tiger Woods (75/1 PGA Championship Outright), who won the tournament the last time it was held at Southern Hills, and Jordan Spieth (16/1).
Another of the high-profile groups that will be teeing off on Thursday involves Scheffler (11/1 PGA Championship Outright), who will be seeking remarkably his fifth win of 2022, Collin Morikawa (20/1) and Jon Rahm (12/1).
Rahm could replace Scheffler as world number one if he wins this week’s major and the reigning Masters champion finishes outside the top five.