Mcilroy will be confident going into the week as the North Carolina course was the site of his first PGA Tour win in 2010 after firing a final-round 62 to beat Phil Mickelson by four shots.
The 22-year-old tweeted: “Just arrived in Charlotte. One of my favourite weeks of the year! First PGA tour win back in 2010 so great memories on a great golf course!”
Mcilroy’s chances are improved by the fact that current world No1 Donald is not playing this week.
However, Mcilroy will be competing in a stellar field consisting of Tiger Woods, Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan, who is looking to add a third win to his season.
Woods has been making his own news this week after refusing to speak to the media, choosing instead to answer questions from fans through a video on his own website.
Fans asked the former world No1 questions through Facebook and Twitter and Woods answered 19 of them in a 15-minute video.
Masters champion Bubba Watson will be absent for the week after withdrawing from the tournament due to family reasons. Graeme McDowell has also withdrawn due to ill health.
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