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Rory McIlroy: I'm ready for major push with pal Harry

By Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy declared himself and his game in good shape to mount a serious challenge for this week's US PGA after a joint fifth place finish in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio last night.

The Holywood 28-year-old also confirmed pal Harry Diamond will again caddie for him at Quail Hollow, South Carolina, starting on Thursday, following his split from his long-term caddie JP Fitzgerald.

Rory shot a 69 yesterday, his highest of the tournament, after a promising start and finish, spoiled by some shaky play mid-round. Having won his first PGA Tour title at Quail Hollow in 2010, the four-time major winner now feels ready to land his first major in three years.

"I think it's been a good week, obviously wanting to play well this week but with one eye on next week," McIlroy said.

"I think it was a good prep week; I never wanted to treat this week like that because it's such a big tournament in itself, but I thought I saw a lot of good stuff to take with me to Quail Hollow.

"I felt like my wedge play got better as the week went on, my iron play got a bit better so those are the two things. If I can sharpen that up and be really good with that part of my game I feel like I have a really good chance."

Hideki Matsuyama stormed to a remarkable sixth victory in his last 20 events by five shots from American Zacj Johnson.

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