Only a special performer can live up to a seismic pre-season prediction and, when he is old and grey and sitting in his rocking chair, Rory McIlroy will look back at 2014 as the year he became a true golfing great.
World number one Rory McIlroy is back to defend his Australian Open title in the city where he kickstarted his career last year but admitted on Wednesday that the next U.S. Masters is never far from his mind.The reigning British Open and U.S. PGA Championship title holder could win a third straight major if he secures the green jacket at Augusta in April and said he was thinking about it "every day".
Seven years after being fierce rivals at the Walker Cup, Billy Horschel and Rory McIlroy will play together in Saturday`s third round of the Tour Championship where playoff honours and a staggering $10 million bonus are on the line.
World number one Rory McIlroy said on Wednesday that he will be "disappointed" unless he can cap his banner year by capturing FedExCup honours and the eye-popping $10 million bonus given to the playoff winner.
In-form Rory McIlroy has set his sights on dislodging Hunter Mahan from the top of the FedExCup standings after this week`s Deutsche Bank Championship in Massachusetts on a course he says is ideally suited to his game.
Rory McIlroy`s bid for a career first FedExCup title got off to a rocky start on Thursday as he shot a three-over par 74 in the first round at The Barclays, the opening tournament of the four-event playoffs.
Bo Van Pelt chipped in for eagle at the par-five 17th hole for a 65 that pushed him past a crowd of eight players and into the first-round lead at The Barclays on a Thursday when Rory McIlroy played poorly.
Rory McIlroy, the hottest golfer on the planet, is not thinking about taking the torch from Tiger Woods as the sport`s next dominant player, but the easy-going Northern Irishman says he has already sparred with Woods over a potential rivalry.
Talk of the `Tiger era` being replaced by a `Rory era` escalated after Rory McIlroy thrust himself into golf`s pantheon of greats by clinching his fourth major title at the 96th PGA Championship on Sunday.
Three years after suffering a final-round meltdown at the Masters, Rory McIlroy got back into contention for the year`s opening major with an impressive display of patience and grinding golf on Thursday.
Rory McIlroy did not head back to the drawing board after his final round back nine meltdown at the Honda Classic but the Northern Irishman did find time for a refresher course ahead of this week`s WGC-Cadillac Championship.
One of Rory McIlroy`s lowest points during a frustrating 2013 campaign came at the Honda Classic in Florida but the Northern Irishman is looking forward to returning to "one of my favourite events" for this year`s edition.