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Rory McIlroy delivers positive update on Sir Alex Ferguson's recovery following emergency surgery

Rory McIlroy has delivered a positive update on the health of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The world number eight was playing with United coach Michael Carrick and former players Teddy Sheringham and Paul Scholes at the BMW PGA Championship today.

And speaking after his round, he gave the good news about the 76-year-old's health.

 "(Ferguson) is doing better, he is doing much better," McIlroy said. "They are keeping him in hospital and doing some tests. They were quite upbeat about it. Scholes was saying he was probably telling the doctors what to do."

Ferguson went though emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage earlier this month.

McIlroy, meanwhile, could do with a boost on the course. Back in 2014 he won the BMW PGA Championship, paving the way for Open Championship and PGA Championship success later that year. He's hoping a positive performance this week could have a similar impact.

"All you need is that spark or that catalyst," he said. "I felt like my game was going in the right direction in 2014. It did snowball from there and I got onto a hot streak. I'd love to be able to do something like that again. I've got a busy summer coming up - maybe this can be the spark that gets that all going again.

"If I can hit the ball the way that I can and if I can control my shots into these greens, then I'll have a chance.

"It's a course where if you're not quite on it, you can get frustrated easily. If you have the ball under control, it feels quite easy because you can fit fairways and greens. I think it magnifies either side of your game.

"They've taken quite a few of the fairway bunkers out, which is good. It lets guys be more aggressive off the tee if you want to be. It just gives you options. Over the past few years, I felt the bigger hitters were handcuffed. At least guys can think about using their length as an advantage.

"The win at Bay Hill was great. Playing my way into the final group was great as well so those were real steps forward. I just feel like it's been inconsistent. If I can get that , that would be a step in the right direction.

"I did some good work on my swing in Florida last week and hopefully I can see some good signs on that over the next four days."

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