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Published: 14:50 | 18/5/16

McIlroy desperate for Irish Open win

Rory McIlroy is targeting an improved performance at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and is confident his game is in good shape to conquer the K Club.

McIlroy has managed just two top-ten finishes in nine Irish Open appearances, while he has missed the cut in his home event for the last three years.

He is desperate to do well in the event, which is he hosting for the second year running, and he believes his game is in better shape than his recent results suggest.

"The Irish Open always was, but even more so now, has become one of the most important weeks of the year for me, obviously for a couple of different reasons," McIlroy told a press conference on Wednesday.

"We're here to try and raise as much money as we possibly can for three local charities in the Dublin area, but also it's a tournament that I desperately would love to win one day.

"My performances in this event, obviously over the past three years, but going beyond that, haven't been what I would want. I think my best finish in the Irish Open was seventh at Adare Manor in 2008 and since then it really hasn't been that good. I want to really change that this week with a good performance and I feel like my game is in good enough shape to do that.

"I'm coming off a couple of decent weeks in the States where I felt like I played better than what the results suggested, so I'm looking forward to the week. The K Club here is a golf course where I feel like I can do well on. It sets up well for me."

McIlroy's best performance in the Irish Open came in his first full year as a professional in 2008 and he admits his poor results could be down to the the pressure of playing in front of his home crowd.

"I think maybe the pressure of playing at home; we don't get to play at home very often and maybe trying a bit too hard or putting a bit too much pressure on myself," he added.

"It would be huge (to win). I think anyone that plays professional golf, they dream of winning their home open. You don't get very many opportunities to do it, so it would be very special. It's definitely one tournament that is missing from my CV that I would love to add."

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