Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rory McIlroy Returning to Championship Form

(Napa, California) - An early commitment for the October 14-18 Open at Napa Valley’s Silverado Resort and Spa, Rory McIlroy played well in last week’s BMW Championship, tying for fourth with rounds of 68-65-67-70 for 270, 14-under par, at Conway Farms near Chicago.

It was McIlroy’s best performance since injuring his left ankle in early July, which kept him out of tournament play for nearly two months. It was his seventh top-10 of the season and first since the U.S. Open Championship in June. Currently ranked No. 2 in the world, McIlroy is 11th in the FedExCup standings going into the Tour Championship, the 2014-15 season finale on the PGA TOUR.

McIlroy, 26, a four-time major champion from Northern Ireland earned his way into this week’s playoff final in Atlanta primarily by winning the World Golf Championship Match Play at Harding Park in San Francisco in March and the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte in May. He is expected to be a favorite when he makes his debut in the Open this fall.

"We are going to have a very impressive field," said Open Tournament Director Jeff Sanchez. "We are expecting some additional star players to join us at Silverado Resort and Spa for the season opening tournament. TOUR members have until Friday, October 9th at 2 p.m. Pacific to confirm their entry into the tournament."

Several other players committed to opening the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season at the Open also are competing this week, including Rookie of the Year candidate Daniel Berger, 2013 U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose, 2014 Memorial Champion Hideki Matsuyama, and 2014 McGladrey Classic Champion Robert Streb, as well as several FedEx Cup contenders – No. 18 Kevin Kisner, No. 20 Scott Piercy, No. 22 Paul Casey and No. 23 Brandt Snedeker.

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