Rory is focused on winning his fourth major
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Tour


At the pre-tournament press conference for the WGC-Bridgestone, Rory McIlroy was asked if surpassing Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors is one of his goals. Rory explained the only number on his mind is major number four.

McIlroy is a very confident player after winning The Open Championship, but Nicklaus’ record is out of reach for the 25-year-old. So far, he has had only one dominant stretch in his career (end of 2012), and getting to Nicklaus’ or Tiger’s level would require years of dominance.

However, maybe Rory will show us a different type of dominance where he shocks everyone with brilliant golf, and then quiets down for several weeks/months.

Rory said, “At the end of the day, it all levels out. I’ll have my good weeks, and I’ll have my bad weeks. But definitely, if you said there’s one thing I’d like to get better at, it would just be a little bit more consistency in there. Hopefully, I’m on the right path to try and do that.”

Consistency will help McIlroy become a better player as well as his drive to be the best.

He said, “It’s great to be introduced as The Open Champion, but I need to move on from that, and say I’ve got a lot more golf left this year, and I want to achieve a lot more. I’m enjoying being The Open Champion, but that’s not all I want to be this year. I want to do more.”

Rory has already experienced a few lows, but his passion for the game has allowed him to overcome the inevitable dips in ability and confidence.

A funny moment in the press conference came when Rory spoke about quitting the game as a 16-year-old. “I was ready to give it up when I was 16. I remember the drive. I just won the Mullingar Scratch Cup, and I remember the drive home with my Dad. It was like a three‑hour drive, and I said to him, I don’t like this anymore. I don’t enjoy it. I just won, and I don’t know, I’m not happy, I’m not excited. I went back home, and didn’t play golf for about three days.”

He added, “Actually, I really like this game. Just an impulsive teenager going through hormonal issues.”

Good thing Rory grew out of that spell because now we can enjoy a career on the rise.

-Bernie D’Amato