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McIlroy ready to focus on Europe

Rory McIlroy feels his stint on the US PGA Tour has made him stronger as both a person and a player but is determined to kick-start a return to winning ways in Europe at this week's UBS Hong Kong Open.

The Northern Irishman opted to take out a full US PGA Tour card 12 months ago and went on to claim his first victory on American soil at the Quail Hollow Championship in May.

McIlroy last week announced his intention to focus predominately on the European Tour from next season, however, admitting he missed home too much to continue playing in the States. But the 21-year-old stressed he has no regrets over his decision to play in the States, confident it will play an important part in his overall development.

"I found out a lot about myself," said McIlroy. "I found out that the places that you like to go to has a lot to do with (being happy). There is no point playing a tournament that you don't want to be at.

"I am trying to pick and choose events where I am happy in the places I am, that I want to be there and want to give it a go.

"If you asked me this time last year where I would want to be now I would have said I would like to have had a couple more wins, I felt I have played good enough to have more wins but that is the way golf goes sometimes.

"So hopefully I will be able to get my first European Tour win this year in Hong Kong this week."

McIlroy has yet to win in Hong Kong but has come agonisingly close the past two years, missing out to Lin Wen-tang in 2008 and then Gregory Bourdy in 2009.

"I've come close the last couple of years and I was in a great play-off in 2008 and then Gregory played very, very well to win last year, it was a very solid performance," added McIlroy.

"I love the golf course, I love Hong Kong and I love coming back here. I know the golf course well and I feel I've got a good idea of what I need to do this week to try and get that win here."


From Belfast Telegraph