Rory McIlroy had a spring in his step as he walked off the 18th at Wentworth on Sunday, after a superb final round of 65, ahead of the Ryder Cup.
It was a far cry from his disastrous final round at the Irish Open, when he went in the water an astonishing four times, with McIlroy’s weekend form at Wentworth, which also included a 67, left him -13 in total, meaning he clinched a tied seventh finish ahead of the Ryder Cup, which begins a week on Friday.
His form, and that of his team mates, who all made the cut at Wentworth, has left Luke Donald’s side in high spirits that they can overturn the record 19-9 loss to USA at Whistling Straits in 2021.
“We’re in a good spot. We had a really good day in Rome on Monday. The team’s been shaping up really well for the last couple of months, everyone’s been in pretty good form. It’s still almost two weeks away until the first ball is hit on the Friday morning, but we are all just so excited to get to Rome and get going.
“I’ll get some really good work in Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday before heading to Rome, which will be great, and you know, once we get there, we still have four days of practice to do. So I’ll certainly be chomping at the bit to get started.”
The World No. 2 birdied his final hole on Friday in fading light to make the cut in the $9 million Rolex Series event, before shining in the closing 36 holes on the West Course at Wentworth.
He followed a confidence-boosting 67 on Saturday with a final-round 65 to be 12-under-par for the weekend in his last competitive outing before making his seventh Ryder Cup appearance in Rome.
McIlroy added: “When you look at the weekend as a whole, to shoot 12 under and go from making the cut on the number to finishing in the top ten, it’s a very solid two days of golf. I said on Friday night that at least making it to the weekend gave me the opportunity to go out and shoot a couple of good scores and feel a bit better about where my game is, and that’s what I’ve…