McIlroy hopes to mark birthday with third Quail Hollow win


Rory McIlroy was presented with a cake for his 27th birthday ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship and is hopeful his history at Quail Hollow will allow him to taste success at the tournament again.

The world number three has won the Wells Fargo Championship twice in his career, dominating in 2015 as he broke his own course record with an 11-under-par 61 in the third round en route to setting to tournament's 54 and 72-hole scoring records. 

However, McIlroy has not won on the PGA Tour since and is searching for his first victory since his triumph at the World Tour Championship in November.

Now, nearly a month after a tied-10th finish at the Masters, this weekend seems tailor-made for McIlroy to win again.

"I do feel as if this is my best chance to get that first win [of 2016]," McIlroy told reporters Wednesday. "I think the golf course sets up well for me. It's a very fair test. 

"You hit good shots, you get rewarded. You don't hit good shots, you're going to struggle for par."

Luckily for McIlroy, nobody seems to hit better shots at Quail Hollow than he does. At last year's tournament, he set a record with 11 birdies in one round and 27 over the course of the weekend.

"It's just one of those places that I feel very comfortable on," McIlroy said. "When I go out on that course, I feel like I have to play pretty badly not to shoot a decent score, I guess. 

"I feel like I just know my way around it and I'm comfortable and hopefully that will be the same case this week."

McIlroy - who has been paired alongside Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama - posed with his cake before the end of this media conference but opted not to have a slice before playing in his only practice round of the week. 

But if his history at Quail Hollow is any indicator, this may be the first weekend in a while McIlroy will be able have his cake and eat it, too.