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Rory McIlroy already hunting for more success

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It wasn't long before Rory McIlroy was thinking of his next win. After a brief clench of the fist and a few congratulatory hugs on the 18th hole at Hoylake, he was back pondering what is next on his career wishlist.

Hunger

The Ulsterman has a relentlessness about him that has already put him amongst golfing elite. Many would have simply been satisfied by one major win at the age of 25, but he is already thinking about the career grand-slam, after triumphs at three of golf's most prestigious tournaments already.

As soon as he faced the press after his victory at the British Open – where he landed his first claret jug in some style – he was already thinking about what other trophies he could add to a cabinet which is filling up at a rapid pace.

“I'm already looking forward to driving up Magnolia Lane next year and trying to complete the Grand Slam at The Masters,” he said to ESPN.

"I've really found my passion again for golf. Not that it ever dwindled, but it's what I think about when I get up in the morning and when I go to bed.

"I just want to be the best golfer that I can be. And I know if I can do that, then trophies like this are within my capability.

"I want to win a lot more."

If he keeps playing like he did at Hoylake he will, too. McIlroy destroyed the field with a brilliant display of golfing excellence.

Consistency 

There has been a question over his consistency throughout much of the season so far – the Northern Irishman has bemoaned his lack of form on Fridays – but over the four days at the Open he was consistently superb.

McIlroy did much of the damage over the first 54 holes, where he created a six shot gap between him and the rest of the field.

But he held his nerve on the final day, unlike in the 2011 Masters where he had an almighty choke from a winning position, and carded a score of 71 which was good enough to win.

In-truth, although there was brief moments of concern, especially when Sergio Garcia got to within two, McIlroy’s lead was never truly in jeopardy and he cruised to victory.

Career Grand Slam

It means he is hunting down just one more trophy to complete the Grand Slam and it is the one which many backed him to win first.

The three-time major winner seemingly has a game perfectly suited to Augusta, but he has never topped the leaderboard there.

Still, he admits that he never believes he would have experienced such success so early in a career, which has a long way to go yet.

"To sit here at 25 years of age and with my third major championship and be three-quarters of the way to the career Grand Slam," he said.

"I never dreamed of being at this point in my career so quickly.

"The Open Championship was the one I really wanted growing up, and the one I holed so many putts on the putting green to win, to beat Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, whoever.

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McIlroy now has established himself as the world number one in all but ranking. It is a title that he held in 2012, but his form has not been quite as scintillating until recently.

Over three days he has been consistently brilliant for the entirety of 2014, but one erratic round has often cost him. The signs are that problem has been sorted, though, and if it has then he could begin to dominate the sport.

Few players to ever pick up a club have as much natural talent as McIlroy does and that career grand-slam that he is hunting looks a near-certainty – regardless of whether he wins in next year, as he is aiming, or some way longer down the line.

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