This week’s 20th staging of the event is the last before the event moves to sweltering Memphis, Tennessee and rebranded as the WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
McIlroy captured the 2014 Bridgestone title in the middle of the greatest run to date in his career having won The Open a fortnight earlier and the PGA Championship a week later.
And in his seven Bridgestone appearances McIlroy’s got a great record with a victory and four other top-10s.
“I’ll miss the chicken wraps (smiling) but I’ve enjoyed competing here as I love the golf course and I’ve played well here and hopefully I can play well one last time,” he said.
“This has always been one of my favorite weeks of the year. I’m sort of sad it’s going to be the last one here. It’s a great week.
“It’s a great week to work on your game, to look ahead to obviously the PGA Championship next week.
“I think guys use this week as a – you get four rounds of golf.
“There’s stuff that you can take from the range to the course and try things out and not have the — you know, have the luxury of playing four rounds, I guess, not worry about having to make it to the weekend.
“I’ve always played great here, I think, because of that attitude. I use it as a week to try and work on my game.
“And if I get myself into contention, then that’s just a bonus.”
McIlroy’s best inside-the-ropes memory is clearly his 2014 success and the second of three straight victories that year.
And it was not just a first WGC title but the nature of his win.
“My favourite memory of my win here was the first five holes on the Sunday as I started three behind Sergio (Garcia) with he and I in the final group but then on the sixth tee I was two ahead,” he said.
“I just got off to a really hot start in birding four of the five holes and that was me off and running so it was cool but it was the mindset again of coming here looking to work on my game a little bit.
“Then all of sudden you find yourself in the final group on the final day and you get off to a hot start like I did and then I’m thinking to myself ‘this tournament is mine’.
“It was cool and a good memory I will have from here in being able to control the tournament after that hot start and go on and win.”
McIlroy’s WGC – Bridgestone Invitational record:
2009 – T68th
2010 – T9th
2011 – T6th
2012 – T5th
2013 – T27th
2014 – 1st
2017 – T5th
Source : EXPRESS