Rory McIlroy’s Longevity and Hard Work Resolve Early Tour Question

Photo The golfing world breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday after Rory McIlroy became the youngest player ever to win 20 Tour titles. McIlroy is not only 27 years old, but has seen…

Rory McIlroy’s Longevity and Hard Work Resolve Early Tour Question

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The golfing world breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday after Rory McIlroy became the youngest player ever to win 20 Tour titles.

McIlroy is not only 27 years old, but has seen the emergence of several young-gun golfers into the game’s upper echelons. Phil Mickelson is 41, and Jordan Spieth, who has the kind of raw talent that McIlroy did when he first burst onto the scene, is still 21. Tiger Woods is 37.

Speaking after the PGA Championship victory, McIlroy, who previously turned down a $3 million bonus on the Challenge Tour, talked about why he has stayed with golf and the lack of another technology-fueled reinvention.

“It’s a crazy game that, you know, it’s the nature of the game,” McIlroy said. “But I think that’s why I’ve stayed with it.”

“I’m fine. If it ever becomes too much, then I’m sure I’ll walk away and take a bit of time off and see what happens. But right now, I’m very happy playing golf.”

McIlroy’s win in the PGA Championship on Sunday made him the first player to win the same tournament four times. He also has four consecutive victories at different courses, including the U.S. Open.

Despite his winning form, McIlroy has been criticized recently for chasing fame. People were suspicious of his entire $100 million deal with Nike when it was announced last year. Then he dropped two clubs, including the Nike one, amid fears he was getting the hang of the craft of playing golf. He also dropped plans to get married, perhaps knowing that he would still be all eyes at tournaments with this new Nike partnership and marriage a memory.

But McIlroy still has plenty of star power, and after winning his 20th title, he still believes that he has a lot of game to show.

“Well, I think I’m capable of being the best player in the world,” he said. “It’s just a matter of doing it, really.”

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