Rory McIlroy says he feels less pressure at the US PGA and is confident of putting in a solid performance at the final major of 2018 (McIlroy 12/1 to win).

The Northern Irishman has not won a major title for the last four years, but he has been a regular winner on the tour, picking up eight titles and finishing second on another six occasions.

The 29-year-old has also been in good touch this year and was in contention at the Open Championship before finishing tied-sixth at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.

Next up is the Bellerive Country Club and a chance to win the US PGA, with McIlroy revealing he is in good spirits heading into the event.

“I’ve always felt less pressure at the PGA because it’s a golf tournament that I’ve always felt comfortable at,” he said.

“I don’t need to change my game, I don’t need to try and, you know, manufacture different shots. I think just I can go with what I have and know if I do that well, I’m going to have a good chance.”

Meanwhile, European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn could not be happier with McIlroy’s form as the showdown with the USA in Paris later this year fast approaches (Europe 11/10, draw 10/1, USA 10/11).

“He’s doing a lot of good things,” Bjorn said. “I’ve watched it a lot and I obviously watched The Open and I feel people are highly critical of him.

“But he’s there every single week. He’s always there or thereabouts. He obviously wants to win more golf tournaments, but we all want to do that.

“We’d all like to do things a bit better, but he’s the best driver of the ball in the world and his putting is a lot better, too. So we’ll see.”

Odds subject to change.