Rory McIlroy is once again using Greg Norman’s achievements as fuel to achieve some more of his own.
Back in June, McIlroy won the Canadian Open which was his 21st PGA Tour victory. The win significant to Rory because he passed Greg Norman, who has 20 Tour wins, on the all-time PGA Tour wins list.
“I had extra motivation of what’s going on across the pond,” Rory said alluding to the inaugural LIV Golf event at Centurion Club near London.
“The guy that’s spearheading that tour has 20 wins on the PGA Tour and I was tied with him, and I wanted to get one ahead of him. And I did.”
“So that was really cool for me – just a little sense of pride on that one. This is a day I’ll remember for a long, long time.”
Greg Norman, who’s not one to shy away from confrontation, shot back.
“I take it as a compliment that Rory wanted to beat my 20 PGA Tour wins. His next goal should be to win more than 91 tournaments globally or to maintain No 1 in the world for more than 331 weeks.”
Now, the 33-year-old has his sights set on the latter landmark referenced by Norman.
Speaking at this week’s CJ CUP in South Carolina, McIlroy expressed his desire to once again become the world’s number one player. A victory at Congaree would most likely allow him to reclaim the spot, and build off of his total time spent as the number one player of 107 weeks.
It’s been more than two years since McIlroy sat atop the Official World Golf Rankings, and there are currently three players ahead of him on the all-time rankings list. Dustin Johnson has 135 weeks on top, Greg Norman has 331 and Tiger Woods has a jaw-dropping 683.
When Rory was asked what his ultimate goal in regard to world ranking is, he took aim at “The Shark” once more, saying:
“332. I don’t know if I can, but that’s a number in my head.”
In order to catch his newfound rival, McIlroy would need to sit atop the OWGR for a cumulative 4.32 years.
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