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The Tour Report

August 29 2013

2:45 PM

McIlroy keeping goals to self

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. -- Rory McIlroy isn't tired of the questions, at least not yet.

"I guess I'm a victim of my own success," he said Thursday from the Deutsche Bank Championship, where he is the defending champion. "I know how well I can play and you guys know how well I can play and I want to get back to that level."

While McIlroy hasn't won anywhere since November, his game is starting to show some signs of returning to its former self.

He has five top 10s this season, and he's coming off a tie for 19th at last week's FedExCup Playoffs event, where he got in contention with a second-round 65 before what he deemed stupid little mistakes early in his round Sunday.

"I'm up there, like 8 or 9," McIlroy said when asked on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being ready to win. "The putts sort of dried up on me a little bit on the weekend last week, so get the ball rolling a little better on the greens and hopefully get myself into contention again."

TPC Boston would be a good place to do it. McIlroy opened with a pair of 65s here a year ago, then closed with back-to-back 67s to win by one.

While he made things look easy last year, this season has been anything but for the 24-year-old (read more here) and that led to McIlroy changing his goals just before the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

"At that point I had 10 tournaments left in the season, it's actually gone up to 12, but I set a few goals for myself until the end of the year," he said. "Just going about trying to practice as well and as hard as I can to try to achieve those little goals I've set for myself."

What those goals are, however, McIlroy isn't saying. He is keeping them to himself, adding that not even those around him know what they are.

A good finish here would be a good place to start.

McIlroy enters the week 36th in the FedExCup standings. While he's guaranteed to move on to the BMW Championship in two weeks, only the top 30 qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

"I actually have a chance to still win (the FedExCup) going into Atlanta," McIlroy said. "I know I'll need to produce a couple of really good finishes to do that, but I feel like I'm playing well enough to do that."