Two-Time Wells Fargo Champ McIlroy In The Mix Again At Quail Hollow

Rory McIlroy

"I've given myself the chance, it didn't quite work out [this year] but the more I keep putting myself in those positions, sooner or later it is going to happen for me".

McIlroy, by far the biggest name on the first page of the leaderboard, said he is focused on looking forward after struggling to get over a poor final round at Augusta National. Then he shot a 61 - bettering his course record - in 2015 on the way to his second victory in the tournament. And, for the most part, McIlroy did Thursday. He was happy with the score, though, given an uneven performance the day before in practice.

I posited yesterday that McIlroy employed a poor choice of words, and that he didn't mean he doesn't care about 50% of golf's major championships.

Still in the early stages of his return from debilitating back trouble, Woods said the more he plays, the better he feels. Hit it up into the azaleas and I got away with it.

"I was just trying to say that from where those tournaments were in stature in this game to where now the Masters is, I feel like the Masters has replaced those two tournaments".

If there was one disappointment for McIlroy it was perhaps that he didn't capitalise fully on a positive start that saw him pick up three shots in his first six holes. Oddsmakers have listed him as the favorite to become the first player to win this event three times. What did he do?

"Once I sort of got back into my routine, I was fine", said McIlroy. "Binge-watched a couple of shows".

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The books, in case you were wondering, were "The Chimp Paradox" and "Essentialism".

The Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club began as a PGA Tour event in 2003.

McIlroy, on the other hand, is seeking his third win at Quail Hollow. McIlroy is the low-man of the group with 68 followed by Finau and Day with 69. McIlroy points out that since par is 71 now, a 267 would only get you to 17 under. Defending champion Brian Harman is without a win in the 2017-2018 season, but his consistency has him in the top 20 of the FedEx Cup standings.

Masters champion Patrick Reed was also level par, while world number two Justin Thomas finished two over on the same course where he won the PGA Championship a year ago.

"I am a very proud victor of both those tournaments".

"I'm just trying to get better".

As for that 29 birthday, McIlroy said a proper party would be held after the tournament was over - if he wins.

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