And in a week where he celebrated turning 32, McIlroy spoke of his delight in returning to Quail Hollow.”It’s always great to come back to Quail Hollow. So many great memories here,” he said”A first win on Tour and then winning again in ’15, being a part of a pretty exciting play-off in ’12, and basically celebrating every birthday here for the last 10 years, apart from last year because of the pandemic.”Obviously coming back to a place that I’ve played pretty well on before. Hopefully that gives me a little bit of good mojo going into the week.”

We know McIlroy has added Pete Cowen to his coaching team and he spoke of how he’s getting back to working ‘on his strengths’ in now working with the quietly-spoken Englishman

“I feel better about my game than I did flying home from Augusta on Friday night, put it that way,” McIlroy said.

“I’ve worked a little bit on it, sort of just tried to understand what I do well. I guess trying to sort of focus on my strengths.

“I think I’ve neglected my strengths a little bit the past couple of months, and focusing more on those and focusing on what makes me a good golfer and how I swing the club and how I move the club.

“It’s all familiar feelings. It’s all stuff that I’ve worked on before, but maybe just gotten away from a little bit by trying to focus on other things. I feel like I’m on a pretty good trajectory at the minute.”‘

McIlroy tees-up at 5.54pm Irish time in round one and out in the group ahead of Shane Lowry and teeing-up at 1.05pm.

Seamus Power, and leading qualifier on Monday into the $8.1m event will out at 7pm Irish time