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McIlroy joins strong field at Wentworth

From May 22-25 the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, will commence with one of the strongest fields possible – and that includes Rory McIlroy, who threw his name into the ring this past Monday.

The Northern Irishman had a torrid 2013 which saw him slip down the world rankings to 11th place. However the 24-year-old feels his ability resurfacing ahead of the tournament and so far this season has impressed with three top 10 finishes in his last five European Tour appearances.

It was Matteo Manassero who gobbled up the headlines last year, the Italian winning at Wentworth and consigning McIlroy to more misery. This year, however, he’s up for the fight both mentally as well as physically.

"I have been a little hit and miss at Wentworth, but I think this year my game is in much better shape," said McIlroy, speaking to BBC Sport.

"Some of the greats of the game have won the title over the years and it would certainly be nice to join them on the Championship's 60th anniversary."

The strong field which McIlroy is joining consists of US Open champion Justin Rose, Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and last year’s Race to Dubai winner Henrik Stenson.

It promises to be a very good tournament.