McIlroy already eyeing subsequent yr’s majors


Rory McIlroy leads the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai by two pictures after opening with a 7-under-par 65 on the Earth Course on the Jumeirah Golf Estates on Thursday.

The Northern Irishman shot out of the gates with a birdie on the primary gap and an eagle on the par-5 second. McIlroy made the flip in 5-under 31 and posted two extra birdies on the again 9. He leads by two pictures over Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Joachim B Hansen and Tapio Pulkkanen.

Another shot off the tempo is a bunch of 10 gamers at 4-under par that features two-time main champion Collin Morikawa.

After scuffling by way of many of the summer season and falling as little as 15th within the Official World Golf Ranking, McIlroy is again to No eight after successful his most up-to-date begin at The CJ Cup. He additionally completed fourth on the Olympics and on the BMW Championship, and McIlroy mentioned he is already trying ahead to subsequent yr’s 4 majors together with his recreation again in kind.

“I think sometimes when you don’t play your best, I maybe don’t set my standards high enough sometimes,” he mentioned.

“They are excessive, however stepping into competition in a single main this yr is not adequate for me. I’ve performed manner higher than that earlier than and I do know I can once more, particularly with how I’m taking part in and feeling like I’ve acquired my golf recreation again, principally.

“So I’m excited for those four events next year, and excited about the road ahead because I really feel like I’m on the right path.”

McIlroy has a pair of wins and 7 top-5s in 10 earlier appearances on the Jumeirah Golf Estates.

“I think a lot of experience around this place, a lot of great memories and memories of great shots and great putts,” he mentioned

When requested what the key to his Thursday spherical was. “It’s comfortable for me.”

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