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McIlroy’s Wentworth ambitions
Rory McIlroy is under no illusions that another crack at winning the European Tour’s flagship event when he plays in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth next month could firmly solidify his ambitions to become top dog in the game once more.
The Northern Irishman confirmed his place in the May tournament on Monday after seeing himself slide out of the world rankings top 10 – slipping to 11th – a result borne of enduring a terrible 2013.
The 24-year-old does however feel that his form is slowly returning, showing steady progression after recording three top 10 finishes in his last five European Tour appearances this year.
McIlroy conceded that he’s struggled in previous appearances at the tournament, which was won last year by Italian Matteo Manassero.
"I have been a little hit and miss at Wentworth, but I think this year my game is in much better shape," said McIlroy, speaking to BBC Sport.
"Some of the greats of the game have won the title over the years and it would certainly be nice to join them on the Championship's 60th anniversary."
McIlroy is heading into a field packed with talent, joining the likes of US Open champion Justin Rose, Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and last year’s Race to Dubai winner Henrik Stenson.