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McIlroy eyes more majors

2012-08-31 11:37

Norton - Rory McIlroy's dominant victory in the PGA Championship whetted his appetite for major titles, but the 23-year-old world number one says he has plenty of time to add to his tally of two.

McIlroy, who claimed his first major title at the 2011 US Open, says he will not be turning his career into a pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major golf titles, a mark that 14-time major winner Tiger Woods has unabashedly targeted.

"I never grew up chasing records or trying to put a certain number on it," McIlroy said Thursday on the eve of the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second of four events in the US PGA Tour's playoff series.

"I've got my second major and I'm looking for my third. Hopefully it's not too long before I get my third, and then when I get my third, I want to get my fourth. That's the way I'm approaching it.

"I don't want to put any number on it because if I just throw a random number out there and I don't get to it, I don't want me to be disappointed with a career that's actually very good or everyone else to feel like I haven't lived up to expectations."

McIlroy said he had become used to heightened expectations and scrutiny after winning the US Open, and his PGA victory earlier this month, which put him back atop the world rankings, hadn't changed things much.

"Life since winning the second one hasn't changed at all," he said. "It felt much different than the first. It felt normal, felt like this is what I'm supposed to do, these are the tournaments that I'm supposed to win."

Although McIlroy will be the youngest winner of Europe's Ryder Cup team in the match play showdown with the United States next month, he says he thinks he is ready to be a leader on the team captained by Jose Maria Olazabal.

"You can't be afraid to voice your opinion," said McIlroy, who made his Ryder Cup debut two years ago. "If you really feel strongly about something in the team room, you've got to stand up and speak.

"This will be my second one. I know there's a lot of older guys than me that are going to be on the European team, but I feel like I'm in a position where I'd be one of the leaders of the team, and if I feel strongly about something, I'll voice that."

AFP