Rory McIlroy gained the DP World Tour’s Race to Dubai title for a fifth time after two Rolex Collection victories and three top-seven finishes in majors in 2023; McIlroy final gained a significant title on the 2014 PGA Championship
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Rory McIlroy has set his sights on including to his main tally in 2024 after rounding off one other spectacular DP World Tour Championship marketing campaign by profitable the Race to Dubai for a fifth time.
McIlroy had already constructed an unassailable lead within the season-long standings heading into the DP World Tour Championship, having loved two Rolex Collection victories and three top-seven main finishes throughout his season.
The world No 2 gained the Hero Dubai Desert Traditional and Genesis Scottish Open in a 12 months the place he completed runner-up on the US Open and reached the semi-finals of the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play, then rounded off his season with a tied-Twenty second end on the season ultimate in Dubai.
McIlroy additionally loved a formidable marketing campaign on the PGA Tour and performed a starring function in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory in Rome, though he heads into the New Yr nonetheless and not using a main title since his 2014 PGA Championship success.
“It has been a very good final couple of years, however I wish to kick on now and attempt to win extra majors and that is the place my focus is and we hold going ahead,” McIlroy mentioned through the trophy presentation on the DP World Tour Championship.
On his back-to-back Race to Dubai titles, McIlroy added: “I believe it [winning] reveals my consistency year-to-year. During the last 10 years, I believe I’ve gained eight season-long titles between America and between right here, so it simply reveals my stage of consistency.
“I mentioned to Harry [Diamond, caddie] on the final inexperienced that there is a few guys which might be in a position to beat me form of one week or the subsequent week however I do not suppose there’s lots of people that may beat me all through your complete season.
“It is nearly attempting to be a bit extra scientific after I get to these weeks the place I’ve possibilities to win. General, it has been one other actually strong 12 months. Stroke common has been nice and I’ve performed actually good golf. Hopefully extra of the identical going into subsequent 12 months and past.”
The world No 2 strikes inside considered one of Seve Ballesteros’ complete of six Order of Deserves, with McIlroy nonetheless hopeful of surpassing Colin Montgomerie’s all-time document of eight titles.
“It is completely wonderful to be up there with Seve [Ballesteros] and Monty [Colin Montgomerie], the greats of European golf,” McIlroy added. “I by no means in my wildest goals thought that I might get this far, however there is no motive to cease right here.
“I might like to be on this inexperienced once more subsequent 12 months and attempt to win a sixth a type of and hold it going.”
Concerning the prospect of additional DP World Tour order of deserves, McIlroy mentioned after his final-round 70 in Dubai. “Nonetheless acquired a bit bit left within the tank. I believe I’ve nonetheless acquired a very good eight to 10 years left in me the place I can play on the high, high stage.
“I might wish to suppose that I’ll problem, not less than attempt to get previous Seve after which form of attempt to get previous Monty as nicely. Nevertheless it’s definitely a purpose of minute for the remainder of my profession to do one thing like that. It might imply rather a lot to me.”
McGinley: No fears over McIlroy in majors
The Race to Dubai champion may have one other alternative to finish the profession Grand Slam in April at The Masters, having posted top-eight main finishes in seven of his previous eight main begins, with former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley assured McIlroy will nonetheless add to his main tally.
“I believe he has been wonderful this 12 months and he is extra constant as a participant now than he is ever been earlier than,” McGinley informed Sky Sports activities. “I do know individuals choose by main championships and he in all probability judges himself by main championships, however the floor foundation of it by way of how a lot of a top quality participant he’s has by no means been increased.
“There’s not a weak spot now in his sport, so I believe he simply wants a little bit of luck relating to main championships and a bit bit extra perception when he will get into the warmth of battle. Issues simply have to fall his means and he is not acquired that to date in majors.
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“McIlroy has been supreme this 12 months, profitable two Rolex occasions and taking part in in addition to he has in majors, in three high 10s. Have a look at his sport, it is actually actually robust. I’ve no fears going ahead that he’s not going so as to add considerably to the majors tally.”
What’s subsequent for McIlroy?
McIlroy will start 2024 by competing in back-to-back DP World Tour occasions, taking part in within the Dubai Invitational from January 11-14 after which aiming to defend his Hero Dubai Desert Traditional title the next week. Stream the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour and more with NOW.