With a ring on his finger and a new equipment deal inked, world No.
2 Rory McIlroy believes he’s mentally in the best shape of his career.
The 28-year-old married American Erica Stoll in a lavish ceremony at a castle in Ireland over the weekend.
Then on Tuesday, the four-time major winner announced a long-term endorsement deal with TaylorMade to use the American company’s bag, clubs and ball.
McIlroy previously played with Nike golf clubs before the sporting apparel giant closed its golf club manufacturing arm, though he remains their clothing ambassador.
Speaking ahead of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, the Northern Irishman is eager to capitalise on his work-life balance.
“Getting married and teaming up with TaylorMade, I feel like I’m in a great place in my life. I feel very settled and now it’s just about trying to make the most of the good fortune,” said McIlroy.
“I came to the conclusion (TaylorMade) was the best way forward for me to win more, try to get back to world No. 1 and win more majors.”
Former world No.1 McIlroy, who featured strongly at the Masters before finishing in a tie for seventh, believes he’s sharpened his game since the year’s first major.
“I feel like my game’s in good shape coming into (the Players). I needed to address a few issues in between Augusta and here, and I did that within the first 10 days after Augusta,” said
Florida-based McIlroy has three top-10s in eight starts at TPC Sawgrass.
He says he’s hungry to atone for a Saturday 75 that cruelled his chances of catching eventual Players Championship winner Jason Day last year.
Despite bagging 22 victories in 10 years as a professional and holding the world No.1 ranking for a total of 95 weeks, McIlroy believes his best golf is yet to come.
“I still don’t feel like I’m halfway there to achieving what I want to achieve,” said McIlroy.
“I’m 28 years old; if I can play competitively for the next 15 years, I feel like I’ve still got a lot left to give.”