AKRON, Ohio – Rory McIlroy admits he’s allowed himself to think about Jack Nicklaus’ all-time major championship record, but unlike a certain 14-time major winner, he isn’t considering the game’s greatest record his ultimate career goal.
“It's not something I ever thought about or dreamed of,” he explained Tuesday.
His reasoning isn’t without logic.
“The next number in my head is four. I've won three of them. I'd like to win my fourth, and that's it, and just try and keep going like that, just one after the other,” he said. “And if it adds up to whatever number it adds up to in my career, then that's great. I don't want to put that pressure on myself. I don't want to put that burden of a number to try and attain.”
As for setting a goal of winning 18 majors, McIlroy said he believes that’s too far-sighted.
“I know how many majors the greats of the game have won, but I never wanted to compare myself,” he continued. “At least at the end of my career, there's not going to be a disappointment. ‘Oh, I wanted to get to 15, but I only got 12. Bummer.’ You still got 12 majors, you know what I mean?
“I'd love to end my career with 12 majors, but I don't want it to be a disappointment.”