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Rory McIlroy says Brooks Koepka didn’t need to ‘remind him’ about his five-year major title drought.

McIlroy’s comments come in response to Koepka last week saying that he didn’t view the Northern Irishman as a rival.

McIlroy’s last major title came five years ago at the 2014 PGA Championship – Koepka has won four majors since.

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“What Brooks said wasn’t wrong,” McIlroy said in an on-course interview with GOLF TV during the Japan Skins event.

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“He’s been the best player in the world the last couple of years, four majors.

“I don’t think he had to remind me that I hadn’t won one in a while but I love Brooks, he’s a great guy, obviously super competitive like we all are.”

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Despite a major title evading his grasp, the 30-year-old claimed three PGA Tour victories in 2019, including pipping Koepka to the season-ending Tour Championship in August.

Comments aside, McIlroy insists he maintains a good relationship with Koepka away from the course.

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“If you take what Brooks said out of context then obviously it can become this big thing it has become but Brooks and I are good, we are good friends and I’ve been really happy for him to see how good he has played over the last couple of years.”

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