McIl­roy hopes Ir­ish Open win can spark fur­ther suc­cess

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Rory McIl­roy has tar­geted a sum­mer of suc­cess af­ter pro­duc­ing a stun­ning fin­ish to win the Dubai Duty Free Ir­ish Open for the first time at The K Club.

The world No.3 came un­der im­mense pres­sure but de­liv­ered when it mat­tered most with a birdie at the 16th and an ea­gle on the last to se­cure a three-shot vic­tory.

“It means a lot for my sum­mer,” said McIl­roy. “It’s nice to get that first win of the year. “I kept telling my­self, kept telling any­one that would lis­ten, my game was close. It was just a mat­ter of ev­ery­thing click­ing. “Maybe those last three holes is the cat­a­lyst for an­other big sum­mer.” The 27-year-old, who won four times in 2014 in­clud­ing two ma­jors and a maiden WGC ti­tle, added: “I re­ally feel like my game is in good enough shape to kick on from here and to chal­lenge in the three fi­nal ma­jors, and ob­vi­ously ev­ery­thing else we have to play for this year, Olympics, Ry­der Cup, Race to Dubai, FedEx Cup.”

The 13th Euro­pean Tour ti­tle of McIl­roy’s ca­reer was not enough to im­prove his po­si­tion in the world rank­ings, but it did lift him to sec­ond in The Race to Dubai be­hind Mas­ters cham­pion Danny Wil­lett, who shared the lead at half­way but slumped to a clos­ing 77.

Rus­sell Knox and Wales’ Bradley Dredge fin­ished joint sec­ond.

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