Rory McIlroy is positive about his prospects heading into the busiest stretch of the season

Last Updated: 12/05/14 12:41pm

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Rory McIlroy: Final round of 66 at Sawgrass saw him sneak into top-10

Rory McIlroy: Final round of 66 at Sawgrass saw him sneak into top-10

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Rory McIlroy believes he is getting ever closer to rediscovering top form and is positive about his prospects heading into the busiest stretch of the season.

The two-time major champion fired a final round of 66 at the Players Championship on Sunday to notch his fourth straight top-10 finish on the PGA Tour - and his sixth of the season.

While never seriously in contention at Sawgrass following a second round of 74, McIlroy was nevertheless pleased with the battling qualities he again displayed to finish strongly.

Although he conceded another "backdoor" top-10 was not what he had been looking for, he insisted there was plenty to take forward as some of the biggest tournaments of the season loom on the horizon.

"Overall, it's been another solid week, another top 10 it looks like, another back door top 10 as I like to call them, but it's getting close," he told reporters on Sunday.

"I'm playing really well, I'm playing solid. I equalled my lowest round ever here at Sawgrass today with a 66, so things are heading in the right direction.

Good effort

"Any time you shoot 66 and you move up a lot of spots on the leaderboard, I think I was 120th at one point in this golf tournament on Friday afternoon. So to go from there to finishing in the top 10 is a good effort."

"As I've been saying the last few weeks, I'm seeing enough really good golf in there to be really positive going into the sort of main stretch of the season."
Rory McIlroy

McIlroy admitted that costly errors were really hurting his chances of contending at present with a disastrous run in round two at Sawgrass leaving him too much ground to make up.

The Northern Irishman made four bogeys and a double in the space of five holes early on Friday, yet demonstrated great maturity to hit back with four birdies on the back nine to ensure he made the halfway cut.

He claims that eradicating such lapses will see him back challenging for victory sooner rather than later.

When asked what he was looking to improve, he added: "Limit the mistakes - just keep the real big numbers off the card and these bogey runs that I seem to be getting on, just kind of keep it a little tighter, whenever I don't quite have my A game and that's really it.

"But as I've been saying the last few weeks, I'm seeing enough really good golf in there to be really positive going into the sort of main stretch of the season."

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