Rory McIlroy thinks he has by no means been a extra “full” participant and is assured he can double his tally of titles.
The 33-year-old has gained two of his final three occasions and has not completed exterior the highest 4 in his final seven as he resumes his battle with Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler for the world No 1 spot on the Phoenix Open, dwell on Sky Sports activities Golf from Thursday.
McIlroy was victorious on the Dubai Desert Traditional on the finish of final month, his thirty second profession title, however the Northern Irishman has no intention of resting on his laurels.
“I am taking part in effectively, I really feel like consistency-wise I have been pretty much as good as I ever have been in my profession,” he stated.
“I stated on the finish of final 12 months I really feel as full a participant as I ever have. If you happen to have a look at my statistical classes, there is not any actual evident weaknesses there, and I labored actually arduous on that to attempt to turn out to be a extra well-rounded participant.
“I feel the outcomes communicate for themselves as effectively over, not simply the previous six months, however actually the previous 18 months post-Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. I really feel like I have been on a very good run of kind since then.”
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‘I do not like being No 2’
Regardless of his high-quality kind within the final 18 months, McIlroy has not tasted success in latest majors, together with his final victory coming in 2014 on the US PGA.
His largest purpose stays successful The Masters to finish a profession grand slam, and he completed runner-up to Scheffler at Augusta final 12 months.
“I do not suppose I needs to be up right here if I believed my greatest days weren’t forward of me. Like I can not be sitting up right here and speaking to you guys and attempting to win golf tournaments if I feel that the glory days are gone,” he added.
“You need to be an everlasting optimist on this sport, and I 100 per cent imagine that I can nonetheless… I’ve gained 30-whatever instances all over the world as an expert. There is not any purpose that I can not double that quantity going ahead. Like I actually imagine that.”
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Together with Rahm, Scheffler has the prospect to take the world No 1 spot from McIlroy, and the American feels Rahm and McIlroy are taking part in higher golf in the mean time.
“I’d say it is extra of a mirrored image, however I like being No 1 on the planet. I do not like being No 2,” he stated.
“It is simply sort of a type of humorous issues. Proper now I am ranked No 2, however I’d say I am not taking part in the second-best golf on the planet; I feel Rory and Jon are just about neck-and-neck for taking part in the most effective golf on the planet proper now, so the rankings are humorous.
“It is simply an algorithm. You do not get any additional trophies or something like that for having it for a brief time frame, however it’s extra of a mirrored image of different issues, I would say, however I do not like being No 2. I would fairly be No 1.”
Scheffler: Full Swing is nice for golf
Each Scheffler and McIlroy characteristic within the Netflix docuseries Full Swing, out later this month, which supplies a deep dive into the lives of the gamers on the Tour.
Scheffler feels the docuseries goes to be “good for the sport” and hopes it’s going to appeal to a brand new viewers to golf.
“I would not say I used to be an enormous a part of it. I did not give them as a lot entry into my private life as a whole lot of guys did, however it was a great expertise, and I feel that was what — after I initially signed up for it, I do not actually suppose they needed very a lot from me, and swiftly I began successful tournaments and stuff, they usually have been like, we want much more stuff now,” he stated.
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“It was sort of a troublesome stability, however it was a whole lot of enjoyable. I feel it’ll be nice for the sport. I feel it’ll get a complete new viewers watching golf, and it needs to be nice for our Tour and good for the sport of golf, as effectively.”
McIlroy wasn’t initially presupposed to be within the collection however headlines a star-studded line-up, and he stated having his voice in it “might add a layer of context that wasn’t there already”.
“I form of took the perspective of see how the primary season works out, see if I prefer it, like the concept, really feel snug letting cameras get into my life a bit of bit extra. However I had a great chat with Chad within the summertime,” he stated.
“Clearly, with the whole lot that is happening on the planet of golf, he simply stated having my voice in there indirectly might simply add a layer of context that wasn’t there already.
“I made certain that the parameters have been very very like, look, you are not coming to my home, you are not coming in my automotive, you are not coming wherever close to my household, however you need to do some stuff with me at golf tournaments, completely high-quality.”
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