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Rory McIlroy has one main career target that guides everything else

Rory won’t burden himself by worrying about the number of Majors he has won.

McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship by seven strokes after breaking the Quail Hollow course record on Saturday.
McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship by seven strokes after breaking the Quail Hollow course record on Saturday.
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LIKE JACK AND Tiger before him, Rory McIlroy wants to be the golfer that defines his generation.

The world number one is on a hot streak that has seen him pocket more than $3 million in prize money already this month.

He will be targeting the fifth Major of his career when the US Open tees up at Chambers Bay next month.

Nicklaus and Woods won 18 and 14 Majors respectively, and no non-American player has even made it into double figures.

But McIlroy says it is the desire to set himself apart as the best, not the number of Majors, that drives him.

“I feel like I’m in a generation with a lot of young guys that are coming up and I want to be the best of this generation,” he told the BBC.

“I want to win a lot more tournaments. I can win a lot more majors. I haven’t put a number on it because I don’t want to put that burden on myself.

I just want to be better than everyone else.

McIlroy plays the BMW Championship at Wentworth this week where he is bidding to defend the title he won in 2014 before moving on to the Irish Open in Royal County Down.

He turned 26 earlier this month and with time on his side, he believes that he can achieve all that he wants in the game before the age of 40.

“That’s 14 years away, that’s longer than most sports people have, and I’ve already had an eight-year career in golf.

Twenty five years should be enough to help me achieve what I want to. If there comes a time when I feel I can’t win or give it my best I’d very happily hang up the sticks and do something else.

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