• The 27-year-old has gone two years without a major title
• Says he's running out of patience in search of a win
RORY MCILROY | US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Rory McIlroy said he’d be happy to retire at 40 – if he wins one major a year until then!
And the 27-year-old, who is in his longest major drought since capturing the first of his four titles at the 2011 US Open, believes that doing so is achievable despite the growing depth and quality of major championship fields.
“I’d love to sit here and say I'm going to win a major every year – I could retire at 40 and be very happy,” said Rory McIlroy ahead of this week’s US PGA Championship. “I think it’s realistic, I really do because if you’re that good, you can win one of the four every year. I think that is achievable and we've seen in the past that it is. That's the benchmark. It's hard because it's so deep, but I guess '11, '12, '13, '14 I averaged a major a year.
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“So there's no reason to think that I can't do that for the foreseeable future. Obviously that's what my benchmark is, and I feel like I can attain that. I have to play my best golf, and sometimes it's hard to come up with your best golf each and every week. But I definitely think it's attainable.”
But McIlroy was a lot less glowing about his 2016 campaign to date, which has so far seen only one win at his home Irish Open.
“It’s sort of been a little bit of neutral,” added the four-time major winner. “I feel there's been times where I got a little bit of momentum, and then sort of got set back a little bit. It's sort of been a little stop/start in a way.
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“But it's hard. I'm trying to stay as positive as I can. I feel like I am positive because my game is in good shape. But I guess just maybe running out of patience a little bit and trying to make it happen.”
McIlroy gets underway at 8.30am local time (1.30pm UK time) alongside Jason Day and Phil Mickelson.
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