McIlroy switches focus to US Open

May 26, 2014 08:10:30 UK

World number 10 Rory McIlroy said he found “sanctuary” when winning the BMW PGA Championship ahead of his close friend Shane Lowry.

Victory at Wentworth on Sunday came at the end of a tumultuous week for the two-time Major winner in which he announced he had separated from former world number one tennis player and fiancée, Caroline Wozniacki.

The 25-year-old came from seven shots behind 54-hole leader Thomas Bjorn to card a six-under-par 66 and win by one shot.

“When I was inside the ropes it was a little bit of a release. I was on my own, doing what I do best and it gave me four or five hours of serenity or sanctuary, whatever you call it,” said McIlroy after his first win on European soil.

The Northern Irishman had been in a relationship with Danish pin-up and WTA player Wozniacki since 2011 and the couple announced their engagement on New Year’s Eve.

McIlroy, who last tasted success at the Australian Open last year, said he could now concentrate his efforts on golf and, specifically, next month’s US Open at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

“I can’t explain it. It’s obviously a week of mixed emotions,” he added. “I am looking at the trophy saying ‘How the hell did it happen?’.

“I was asked in an interview how I feel and I don’t know. I feel happy that I’ve won but it’s been a weird week.

“I really wanted to win before going into the second major of the season. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to prepare.”

Rory McIlroy is currently priced 9.00 in the 2014 US Open tournament winner betting.

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