Victorious Rory McIlroy targets more tournament wins
Rory McIlroy believes his blistering finish at the Irish Open could spark a summer of success for the world number three.
McIlroy clinched victory with a stunning eagle at the K Club to finish three shots ahead of Scotland's Russell Knox and Bradley Dredge of Wales.
"It is nice to get that first win of the year," said the 27-year-old.
"I knew my game was close. Maybe those last three holes is the catalyst for another big summer."
The 13th European Tour title of McIlroy's career was not enough to improve his position in the world rankings, but it did lift him to second in the Race to Dubai behind Masters champion Danny Willett.
McIlroy added: "I really feel like my game is in good enough shape to kick on from here and to challenge in the three final majors, and obviously everything else we have to play for this year, Olympics, Ryder Cup, Race to Dubai, FedEx Cup."