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Rory McIlroy sets sights on Cadillac Championship and a resurgent Tiger Woods in Miami

The US Open champion could truly shed the quantity 1 spot to either Luke Donald or Lee Westwood – his playing partners in the opening two rounds – this weekend, but his confidence has by no means been larger.

“It is great to get to this position and clearly I’d really like to stay right here for as extended as possible,” he stated.

“I just need to concentrate on playing great golf, attempting to win tournaments, and if I can do that then the position I am at in the planet rankings will hopefully take care of itself.

“The way that I did it on Sunday, with Tiger producing the charge, it was almost a lot more satisfying to do it that way – realizing that I held up under quite intense pressure when I necessary to, having to just play some smart and solid golf on the way in to finish off.

“Closing out tournaments and knowing what you need to do at the appropriate time all just comes with experience.

“I feel like I’ve had a lot of experiences exactly where I could have won tournaments and I have not, and it is taking what you need to have from those and attempting to do something a small bit greater.”

Of all the experiences nothing was quite like final year’s Masters, when he led by 4 immediately after 54 holes and shot 80. He did not just lose, he lost by ten and had the worst score of anybody that day.

Now McIlroy is on countdown to his return.

“Next week I have my coach Michael Bannon over from Northern Ireland. The week following that I will devote a small bit of time down in Miami,” he stated.

Girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, with whom he took component in a tennis exhibition against Maria Sharapova at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Monday night, is playing the Sony Ericsson Open there.

“Then the week ahead of The Masters I’ll go up to Augusta for a couple of days to do what I generally do – map the course out and sort of do my personal diagrams and my own drawings of the greens,” he mentioned.

“You sort of know where the pin positions are going to be for all 4 days, so you sort of reacquaint oneself with those, take various putts from all regions of the greens.

“Immediately after that I’ll go back down to West Palm Beach and practise for a few far more days, then head back up to Augusta on Monday night or Tuesday morning.”

He would adore it to be with a initial world championship title to his name, getting lost the final of the Accenture Match Play a fortnight ago.

That stopped him going to quantity 1, but he had to wait only seven a lot more days and the messages of congratulations have come flooding in.

Manchester United trio Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Sir Alex Ferguson – no prizes for guessing who McIlroy supports – had been among those who produced make contact with, but McIlroy takes such things in his stride now.

“I feel like I do thrive in the spotlight and I like the attention,” he stated. “I’m not saying I am an attention-seeker, but you know you’re doing some thing appropriate when you’re in the spotlight.

“I do not feel like I am beneath any pressure to keep the number 1 simply because that’s not what I play golf for – it’s about winning tournaments.”


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