Rory eyes late flourish
Rory McIlroy says he is aiming to build some momentum in the closing weeks of his season, starting at the British Masters.
The Northern Irishman had been tipped to call time on a tough 2017 following the conclusion of the FedEx Cup series but has made a late entry for the event at Close House.
Injuries have restricted McIlroy to just three European Tour starts this season and he remains in danger of missing out on the minimum of five required to retain Tour membership.
Hopefully I can show something these next two weeks.Rory McIlroy
Falling short would make him ineligible for the Ryder Cup, a situation that would clearly hinder the continent's hopes of reclaiming the trophy at Paris' Le Golf National next September.
With chances limited, McIlroy is also down to play in next week's Dunhill Links before calling time on his year.
The British Masters was the Northern Irishman's first professional event and he is part of a strong field, with Sergio Garcia and tournament host Lee Westwood present.
Speaking ahead of Thursday's opening round, the four-time major winner admits he is keen to build some momentum over the next fortnight in order to boost his confidence heading into the off-season.
He said: "I feel like I've highlighted areas I've needed to work on anyway. If I play well these next two weeks, that's just a bonus, basically.
"Hopefully I can show something these next two weeks and play okay and go into my off-season knowing what I need to work on and being excited about that and excited about getting into the process and coming out next year and playing better than I have this year."
McIlroy is 17/2 to win at Close House, with Garcia 10/1 and Westwood 28/1.
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