Rory McIlroy, British Open champ, featured on this week's Sports Illustrated cover

Rory McIlroy, British Open champ, featured on this week’s Sports Illustrated cover

British Open champ Rory Mcllroy needs a Masters win to complete the career Grand Slam.
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At age 25, Rory McIlroy is on top of his game on and off the course after a wire-to-wire victory last weekend at the British Open.

He became the third youngest to win three of the Grand Slam events, behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

McIlroy is on the national cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, and seems more than ready to take the next step to becoming golf’s next big thing.

"I just want to be the best golfer I can be," McIlroy said after the British Open.

PHOTO GALLERY: Read Rory McIlroy's front pages

Yet, there is more to McIlroy than meets the eye. McIlroy seems to be in no rush to dominate the sport like Woods did when he was younger. Instead, he enjoys drinking selected beverages out of the Claret Jug, collecting the $1.6 million payday from the Open Championship and enjoying the finer things in life. He even used a boat to cross the Irish Sea for the Scottish and British Open.

After the year he has had in his personal life, who could blame him.

Earlier this year, he broke off his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, saying he wasn't ready for that kind of commitment. Plus, he and a former agent are currently suing each other over commissions tied to his Nike contract.

For the globetrotting, dance tune listening McIlroy, the PGA Championship and completing golf's Grand Slam at next year’s Masters are next on the agenda.

For more on McIlroy, read Michael Bamberger's piece in this week's Sports Illustrated (subscribe here).

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