Rory McIlroy wants to emulate Tiger Woods

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Rory McIlroy wants to build on the momentum gained by winning the Open Championship and dominate the golfing world in years to come.

The Northern Irishman became only the third player to win three majors by the age of 25 following in the footsteps of the two most successful golfers - Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

McIlroy has moved up the second in the world rankings after he beat Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia by two shots at Hoylake.

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The 25-year old suggested that his victory was thanks to two simple words "process" and "spot."

"That was it. With my long shots I just wanted to stick to my process and stick to making good decisions, making good swings. And then "spot" was for my putting," McIlroy said.

"I was just picking a spot on the green and trying to roll it over my spot, roll it over my spot every time. I wasn't thinking about holing it. If that went in, then great.

"If it didn't, then I'd try it the next hole. So "process" and "spot", that's all I kept telling myself all week."


McIlroy admits that he was extremely proud to win the Open Championship and is pleased to be three quarters of the way to a career grand slam, only needing to win the US Masters for a clean sweep.

"Just to be sitting here and looking at this thing and having my name on it, it's a great feeling. It obviously hasn't sunk in yet. I'm going to enjoy it and let it sink in tonight in the company of my friends and family.

"I'm immensely proud of myself. To sit here 25 years of age and win my third major championship and be three-quarters of the way to the career grand slam, I never dreamed of being at this point in my career so quickly."

At one stage in his career, it appeared Woods would easily pass Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles. But after many off-field problems and injuries, Woods is stuck on 14 and it looks increasingly unlikely that he will reach 18 and beyond.

However at the age of 25, McIlroy still has plenty of years left of attempting to win more major titles. He appears to be in the form of his life after the recent split from girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki and admits he is enjoying golf more than ever.

"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. It's what I think about when I go to bed," he said.


McIlroy's main motivation is majors and he is already eyeing the missing piece in his jigsaw - the US Masters.

"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'd love to win a lot more and am really looking forward to - even though there's still one major left this year that I want to desperately try and win - to next April and trying to complete the career grand slam."

And the Nothern Irishman is keen to take this recent success and is determined the dominate the sport of golf in years to come.

"Golf is looking to someone to put their hand up and try to dominate and I want to be that person. I want be to be the guy that goes on and wins majors and wins majors regularly. I feel like there's a lot more left in me."

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