Published: 12:07 | 26/2/17

McIlroy targets four majors in four years

Rory McIlroy has set himself the target of doubling his major tally by 2021, and regaining his world number one ranking this year.

The Northern Ireland golfer, who returns to action following a rib injury at next week’s World Golf Championship in Mexico, won the last of his four majors in 2014, but insists he can get back to winning ways and win four more major championships in the next four years.

"I was averaging one a year over a four-year stretch which was fantastic and I could do it again; I’m 27, say I go on that run again, four majors by 31," he told he Guardian.

"All of a sudden, eight majors aged 31 and you are feeling OK about yourself. You just have to trust the process.

"This is a long career. I’ve seen it in society with this generation. People have become exceedingly impatient and I get that way myself sometimes. 

"My time is going to come again when things fall my way and I win a few more. I’m confident of that. You can’t force the issue."

McIlroy, who last topped the world rankings in September 2015, is determined to reclaim the top spot again in 2017.

"I want to be the best golfer in the world," he continued. 

"I want to be ranked the best golfer in the world. I want everyone to think I’m the best golfer in the world."

McIlroy, who will become only the sixth player to complete a career Grand Sam if he wins the Masters in Augusta in April, says he has struggled to deal psychologically with the rib stress fracture he suffered in January.

"I felt useless. I couldn’t even lift my suitcase," he said. 

"I could have probably pushed through to play the Honda Classic [this week] but I wanted to take that extra week to make sure and, even if it comes to the point where I’m not 100% comfortable, I’ll take another couple of weeks off. But I’m on target for Mexico."

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