Rory McIlroy is hungry for his second career victory
Rory McIlroy has admitted he is becoming frustrated with his inability to convert a string of top-five finishes into a second career title.
McIlroy claimed a seventh top-10 finish in his last eight strokeplay events by finishing third in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
"It's important to keep the run going, but it would be nice to convert some of the top threes into wins," he said.
"If I keep putting myself in these great positions sooner or later it will happen. I just have to keep doing it."
After recording a career-best finish in a major with third at the US PGA Championship in August, world number 11 McIlroy has finished outside the top seven only once with two runner-up finishes to his name, while he also finished a close second at the World Cup after winning twice at the Match Play in Spain.
McIlroy will not feature in Qatar this week and will fulfil commercial commitments across the United Arab Emirates before heading to Emirates Golf Club next week - the scene of his victory in the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic.
After beginning the year ninth in the world, McIlroy will arrive outside of the top 10 after Martin Kaymer moved up to sixth following his win in Abu Dhabi and Ian Poulter reached the top 10 for the first time after finishing runner-up.
But with his return to Dubai set to bring back memories of last year's breakthrough win and also ahead of his upcoming schedule in America after taking up a US PGA Tour card, McIlroy believes it should not be long before he returns.
"My average points have gone up a lot and between me in 11th and Jim Furyk in fifth there is only 0.4 between us, which is nothing. And if I can go to Dubai and get a win it will put me back in the top 10 and maybe even the top five," he added.
"Martin moved to sixth and Ian's gone to 10th, but I just have to keep playing well.
"I got 21 world ranking points from last week and if I can average that throughout the year then I should be okay.
"It's amazing though, there are some weeks I have taken a week off and moved up three places, but that is the way it goes.
"Those two boys have jumped ahead of me, but my average points are up so I am closer to the guys in fifth and sixth than I have been which is good."