Winning harder than ever says McIlroy ahead of season debut

Former world number one Rory McIlroy says winning on the PGA Tour is harder than ever as he prepares to launch his 2021-2022 season at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas on Thursday.

McIlroy is chasing his second title of the year at this week’s tournament in Nevada, where the CJ Cup relocated to from its normal home on Jeju Island in South Korea last year due to the pandemic.

McIlroy snapped the longest winless streak of his career with victory at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in May, ending an 18-month drought which followed a dazzling 2019 that included four victories.

The 32-year-old four-time major champion said Wednesday he believes seasons featuring multiple titles are going to be increasingly harder to come by, reflecting the depth of talent on the tour.

“You turn up to a PGA TOUR event where there’s 144, 156 players and, you know, you feel like three-quarters of the field have a chance to win and that just sort of illustrates how deep the fields are,” McIlroy said.

“It’s tough to win, right? I’ve had a couple of seasons where I’ve won four and five times and I think nowadays that’s an achievement.”

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