McIlroy optimistic over Open chances


Rory McIlroy is hopeful he will arrive at Royal Troon for this month's Open Championship in confident mood, following a third-place finish in the Open de France.

McIlroy, who won The Open at Hoylake in 2014 but missed out on the chance to defend his title at St Andrews last year due to injury, admitted during this week's tournament that he had been working on his swing.

Despite not being entirely comfortable with his game, the four-time major champion produced a creditable performance at Le Golf National - the venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup - as Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee claimed victory.

"It's been a good week, just to see where I'm at with my game," said McIlroy, who finished five behind Jaidee after a level-par 71 on Sunday.

"There were signs that it was really good and heading in the right direction and then today, again, there were some times that it was good.

"But there were a few swings I made on the back nine that I need to work on. I was getting quite steep with my irons, which has been a problem anyway. So I just need to try to work on that going forward.

"I'm confident where I'm at and even though this week it didn't feel that good, I'm obviously doing some things right. So I'll go forward and keep working hard and hopefully I'll be ready for Troon.

"It was really disappointing, especially at St Andrews last year, not to be able to defend.

"The last time I played The Open I won it, so [I have] good memories and hopefully I can play similar to the way I did in Liverpool and give myself a chance."