The 2011 PGA Championship serves as the last major of the year, and Rory McIlroy will have won half of them if he wins this week. McIlroy has come close to winning the PGA Championship twice in a row, which leaves him quite confident for this year.
The U.S. Open champion stated that the course at Atlanta Athletic Club is "tailor-made" for him in his press conference on Wednesday morning. If that is true, it will give him the edge he needs to finally break through in the year's last major.
McIlroy finished tied for third in the last two years at the PGA Championship. However, 2011 has been his breakthrough year after he blew out the field at the U.S. Open. Winning his second major would cement McIlroy as golf's next biggest star and as Tiger Woods' potential successor.
It helps that he isn't the center of attention going into the tournament. Everyone focused on him at the British Open after his U.S. Open victory, and he finished in the middle of the pack instead. Woods, Adam Scott and Steve Williams are the biggest stories this week, so McIlroy can come in under the radar this time around.
He is still one of the favorites at the PGA Championship, and he will be a favorite in majors for years to come after his U.S. Open blowout. McIlroy was among the best golfers never to win a major until a few months ago, and winning this tournament would be an even bigger step forward after falling short the last two years.
On Thursday afternoon, McIlroy will tee off at 1:45 p.m. ET and start to prove if this course is tailor-made for him after all. If it is, it will be the latest success story from his remarkable 2011 season.