McIlroy hopes Irish Open win can spark further success
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.