Skys The Limit For Rory Mcilroy As He Sets Sights On Completing Career Grand Slam
Rory McIlroy reckons he has just the ticket for a career Grand Slam this year.
The Northern Ireland superstar finished 2014 in superb form winning The Open and The USPGA Championship.
His stunning year saw him double his Majors tally to four, reclaim the world No.1 spot, top the European money list and lead Europe to victory in the Ryder Cup.
The 25-year-old now just needs the Masters in April at Augusta to complete a clean sweep of golf’s Majors and become just the sixth player ever to do it.
McIlroy is preparing for his first competition of the year this week at the the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
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He said: “Every year I fly here and I do a week or ten days of preparation in Dubai before this tournament, and I write my goals down on the back of my boarding pass, put it in my wallet and memorise them. Then I don’t look at them until the end of the year.
"So in my back pocket, in my wallet, is a boarding pass with my goals for this year.I’ll try and achieve those and take that boarding pass out at the end of the year and see how well I’ve done.
“Over the Christmas period I had my first chance to really look back and reflect on the year and even watch a few of the highlights of some of the tournaments that I won.
“So it was nice to reflect, but I feel 2014 has really set me up for another great year. I feel like I’m coming into this year with a nice little bit of momentum, and my game is feeling good.
“It was nice to have that little break, but it’s time to look forward now towards this season and try to accomplish the goals that I set for myself at the start of this year.”
McIlroy has finished second in three of the past four seasons in Abu Dhabi.
He will play this week and then Dubai two weeks later before flying to Florida for the Honda Classic and the Miami leg of the World Golf Championship. He has yet to decide on the Houston Open, which takes place a week before Augusta starts on April 9.
“It really depends how I feel. If I feel I need more golf, I’ll play. If not, I’ll probably take it off,” added McIlroy. “I’ve got a good routine and mental strategy going into Majors now, where I try not to let too much affect me. I go into my own little world for those couple of weeks.”
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