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Rory McIlroy turns to Rotella as he looks for mental edge

Rory McILROY has asked Padraig Harrington's mind-coach Dr Bob Rotella to help him become a serial winner.

McIlroy, knocked out of the Accenture Match Play second round by England's Oliver Wilson, will have his first consultation with America's foremost golf psychologist and author when he returns to the States for The Honda Classic the week after next.

“The main objective is to turn these top-three and top-five finishes I've had into wins. To get to the next level where I can win more often,” said McIlroy, delighted to be home from Tucson in time to see Ulster play Newport Gwent Dragons at Ravenhill last night.

Though clearly still hampered at Dove Mountain by the back strain which flared up in on Europe's Desert Swing last month, McIlroy insisted the injury “got better and better with every day this week.”

Meanwhile, Paul Casey recorded yet another hugely impressive win last night to reach the quarter-finals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship for the second year running in Arizona.

Last year's runner-up, seeded sixth and the highest-ranked player left in the event, has still to go beyond the 14th hole after crushing little-known American Brian Gay 5&4.

Casey was joined by Ian Poulter, who defeated Indian Jeev Milkha Singh by the same margin as his Ryder Cup companion.

Wilson edged out fellow Englishman Luke Donald on the 18th green, and he will now face Spain's Sergio Garcia after he beat South African Tim Clark 2&1.

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