Rory McIlroy says he has nothing to prove as he chases his first major in three years at the US PGA Championship. The world number four is among the favourites on a Quail Hollow layout where he has two wins and the course record.
“I’m not putting that much pressure on myself. I’ve proven myself enough over the last nine years of my career,” said the Northern Irishman.
“I never lost faith. I’ve always believed in my abilities. I still do.”
It was a contrast from how four-time major winner McIlroy felt in 2015, when he fired a third-round 61 to break his own course record on the way to victory while world number one, saying he needed to show how well he could play.
“I definitely don’t want to be in the mindset this week of wanting to make any type of statement or go out and prove myself. I’m past that point,” added the 28-year-old.
“I don’t feel I need to prove anything to anyone.”
McIlroy has yet to win a tournament in 2017, though he has 11 top-10 finishes from 19 tournaments across the PGA and European Tours.
The 2012 and 2014 US PGA winner who also took the 2011 US Open and 2014 Open, could become only the third player to win five majors before turning 30, joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.