Rory McIlroy says he is aiming to be the main man in golf once again after winning at Wentworth on Sunday.
McIlroy, whose personal life has been at the centre of the news for much of the week, showed great professionalism and poise to claim the title at the BMW PGA Championship.
The tournament came in the same week that he split with fiancée, WTA tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, and many people thought that the distraction would prove to be a hindrance to the Northern Ireland born golfer’s game, but instead he was in top form.
And now he is looking to carry on his momentum from his first win of the season and become the man to beat in the golfing world.
He said: “The game is waiting for one guy to kick on. I'd like to be that guy. I'd like to think that this is a springboard to doing something like that.
"It's the start of something. I could feel my game bubbling and getting there and a win validates that.
"There are three Majors to play this year - a lot of big tournaments to try and win - so even though we're nearly halfway through the season I feel like mine's just beginning.
"Hopefully it won't be long before I'm contending in Majors and having a chance to win those again."
There is certainly an opportunity for somebody to break away from the rest of the field, too. Due to Tiger Woods’ absence, through a back injury that he sustained in March, there has been a chance for the rest of the golfing world to put themselves to number one in the world.
Indeed, Adam Scott has taken that particular spot, but the likes of Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar have all had the chance to do the same, but failed to find the form required.
As a result, golf is still searching for the man that is considered the outright best. Nobody has stamped their authority on the sport as yet, and McIlroy certainly has a chance to do so given his talent.
If he does want to get back to the heights that he did in 2012 – when he was number one the world – then he will need to start turning top ten finishes into victories on more regular occasions.
Wentworth was a start for the 25-year-old, but most start to rise to the very top of the leaderboard which much more regularity if he is to take the title of golf’s most prominent star and best talent.
McIlroy even went as far as admitting that he was tired of ‘backdoor finishes’ after coming in the top 10 eight times in the 11 tournaments he has played this season, prior to Wentworth, but failing to secure a trophy to show for his good form.
It is now up to McIlroy to use his latest triumph as a spring-board and back-up his words. If he does so, it’ll be sure to get everybody talking about his golf rather than his personal life once again.
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