ABU DHABI: Rory McIlroy expressed confidence on Tuesday that he would soon rediscover his winning touch ahead of his return to competitive golf following 100 days of forced absence and off-season break in this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
McIlroy, a four-time major champion and a former world No1 who has slipped to 11, endured an injury-ravaged 2017 after a stress fracture of a rib in his opening event of the year. He was also diagnosed with a minor heart ailment and did not play any tournament after the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in the first week of October.
“I’m excited to be back at a golf tournament. It’s been a while. You know, the last few months have been really nice just to concentrate on a few things I needed to take care of in terms of getting myself fit and healthy to come back and sharpen up a few things in my game,” said McIlroy, who said he lost two kilos since October after changing his diet, while at the same time adding more muscle mass.
“Obviously, this is the first real test of getting back and seeing how I am. So I’m looking forward to just getting out there and seeing how I perform when I need to.”McIlroy said he started getting back into his routine from late November and feels his game is in a good position to contend after 10 days of intensive practice in Dubai in the New Year.“I’d love to win again. I don’t think there’s any better feeling than winning a golf tournament. But I don’t feel like it’s that far away,” said McIlroy