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Rory McIlroy ahead of Alfred Dunhill Links Championship: “If you keep putting yourself in a position to win golf tournaments, you’re going to win some that you probably shouldn’t, like the FedExCup a few weeks ago, so you’re going to win some lose you should win like here in July.”

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Rory McIlroy returns to St Andrews ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Rory McIlroy returns to St Andrews ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Rory McIlroy believes he is having one of the best runs of his career and insists he is not dwelling on his major near miss at the Open until his return to St Andrews.

McIlroy has won twice in an impressive 2022 campaign, defending his RBC Canadian Open title and becoming the first three-time FedExCup winner, with the Northern Irishman posting 12 top-10 finishes in his 19 global departures so far this year.

The former world No. 1 has also only finished eighth in all four majors this year, including a runner-up finish at St Andrews at the 150th Open, with McIlroy delighted to continue giving himself opportunities. to add to his list of victories.

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The best of the action from a thrilling 150th Open Championship final from St Andrews

“I think the stats suggest I’m [having the best year]”said McIlroy Sky Sports News ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. “If you just look at the numbers and you look at the strokes gained stats, that’s very close to the best golf I’ve played in a calendar year.

“When you just look at the numbers and you look at the numbers that I’ve put up in the majors this year, there would be other years with these winning shots where I would have won two majors. It’s just that what it is.

McIlroy spoke to the media ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

McIlroy spoke to the media ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

“My performance in major tournaments this year was very good in 2014 but I got hot for a few of them and obviously kept winning. Everyone will remember you won championships and lifted trophies and won more than three [strokes] on the field during a major championship.

“What I’ve learned consistently this year is that if you keep putting yourself in a position to win golf tournaments, you’re going to win some that you probably shouldn’t, like the FedExCup a few weeks ago. , then you are going to lose some that you should win like here in July.

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“If you keep putting yourself in those positions over and over again, the law of averages suggests you’re going to earn your fair share. I feel like over the course of my career, I definitely feel like winning my fair share of golf tournaments.”

McIlroy’s second-place finish to Cameron Smith followed a tie for third at the St Andrews Open in 2010, with the 33-year-old also impressing on several occasions at the Old Course during the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

“I’ve had so many great memories here over the years,” McIlroy added. “This is where I got my [DP World] Tour map, I’ve played two Open Championships here and played very well in both.

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“I had so many great memories with my dad playing at Dunhill [Alfred Dunhill Links Championship]so all of those memories far outweigh what happened in July.

“I wish things had gone differently, but at the same time St Andrews means a lot more to me than trying to win a Claret Jug here.

 McIlroy said he should

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McIlroy said he should “keep pushing” as his wait for a fifth major continued after giving up his lead on the final day of the Open.

McIlroy said he should “keep pushing” as his wait for a fifth major continued after giving up his lead on the final day of the Open.

“I’ve been coming here for so many years, it’s been a big part of my life and I don’t think I’d be doing myself justice if I didn’t see all the good things St Andrews has given and provided to me over the years.

“I am very grateful to be able to play here, to experience it and I will have other chances to win Claret Jugs here. It was certainly not my last chance this year and I hope that if I continue to play like I do ‘ I play, every time the Open starts again, I hope I have another good chance.”

Watch the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship throughout the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins Thursday from noon on Sky Sports Golf.




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