Rory McIlroy drawing inspiration from 2012 US PGA win

Rory McIlroy

US PGA Championship

Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York
8-11 August
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Rory McIlroy is drawing inspiration from his success at last year's US PGA Championship as he prepares to defend his title at the Oak Hill Country Club.

McIlroy enjoyed a comfortable eight-shot winning margin at Kiawah Island but has struggled for form this year.

"I have so many good memories to draw on and defending a major title is not something you get to do very often.

"I'm proud of the way I handled things in the final round last year. I felt in control throughout," said McIlroy.

"I didn't post any bogeys and I felt in complete control of my emotions and my golf game," added the world number two.

"My plan was to not make any mistakes and make the rest of the field try to catch me."

McIlroy will begin his bid to retain the title in the company of two other former winners, Fiji's Vijay Singh and German Martin Kaymer.

Meanwhile Graeme McDowell has been partnered with South African Ernie Els and Bill Haas for the opening two days.

"The PGA is the fourth of the four majors, but it represents the last chance of glory each year," commented McDowell.

"We have to wait another eight months until the Masters at Augusta and the Wanamaker Trophy is one we'd all like to win. Oak Hill is going to be great venue."

2011 Open champion Darren Clarke will play with Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and Tom Watson.

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