Rory McIlroy has endured a nightmare 2015 season in which he failed to win a major championship and was forced to pull out of The Open due to an injury sustained playing football. The Northern Irishman is determined to get back on top.
Just twelve months ago, Rory McIlroy was the creme of the crop. After securing his fourth major championship at the PGA Championship, all the talk was whether he would win the career Grand Slam at Augusta.
Enter Jordan Spieth. The 22-year old American has stolen the limelight in 2015 with two major victories and Player of the Year honors. In the process, he has risen to the top spot in the rankings, usurping McIlroy.
To add insult to injury, McIlroy has also been eclipsed by Jason Day, who won five times this year including the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. In a candid interview with ITV News, he discusses his added incentive to beat them next year:
“It gives me the hunger to go out and practice a little bit harder and to hit a few more balls and hole a few more putts. It’s going to be a very interesting next few years in golf,” McIlroy said.
According to figures released this week by Santander, McIlroy’s training regime this season has been borderline Olympian.
How Important Is Gold At Rio 2016?
Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time in a century next year, and McIlroy claims that winning a gold will not be as important as winning the four majors. According to the former world number one, players have not grown up dreaming of winning a Gold Medal, so it will take some time before Gold becomes the pinnacle of the sport.