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McIlroy unconcerned with No. 1 ranking, just wants to 'win every single tournament'

Rory McIlroy comes into this week's PGA Championship on a roll. He's looking for his third straight win (Photo by PGA/Montana Pritchard)

Rory McIlroy comes into this week’s PGA Championship on a roll. He’s looking for his third straight win (Photo by PGA/Montana Pritchard)


By Joseph Demling

Rory McIlroy received a little chuckle in the media room Sunday night after the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

He said his goal was not to worry about the world’s No. 1 ranking but to win “every single tournament from now until the end of the year.”

McIlroy wasn’t joking.

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The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland not only moved to No. 1 in the world with the win at Firestone Country Club but is trying to join some elite company this week at the PGA Championship with a third consecutive win.

Only Tiger Woods (five times), Tom Watson, David Duval and Vijay Singh have won three consecutive PGA Tour events since 1980.

“I’ve had a great run of golf and I’ve played well over the past few months,” McIlroy said Tuesday at Valhalla. “Look, I said at the start of the year that golf was looking for someone to put their hand up and sort of one of the dominant players of the game.

“I felt like I had the ability to do that and it’s nice to be able to win a few tournaments and get back to where I feel like I should be, which is ranked near the top of the World Rankings and competing in majors and winning tournaments.”

Few have won them like McIlroy.

McIlroy won his third major championship last month at the British Open and then claimed the WGC-Bridgestone last week in Akron, Ohio. It’s the second time during his career that he has won two consecutive starts during his career.

“When you talk about my game being in a certain zone, mentally I’m just in a good place on the course and I’m staying in the present,” he said. “And that’s really why you are seeing the sort of golf that I’m playing over the past few weeks.”

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Watson won three in a row during the 1980s, while Duval did it in 1997 – the last being the Tour Championship – before Singh did it in 2004.

Woods won seven in a row, including the British Open and PGA Championship late in the 2006 season and into ’07. He also had a streak of six consecutive in late 1999 and early 2000. He won five in a row in 2007 and ’08, and twice won three in a row.

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