Rory McIlroy’s eyes are already on the prize despite finishing his season off with a bang by winning the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship. Next on his list? Reclaim the World No. 1 ranking from Jordan Spieth before the Masters in April.
In an interview with the BBC, McIlroy said that although he had two PGA Tour wins and was awarded the European Tour’s Player of the Year distinction, he was disappointed that he didn’t walk away with any new major titles in 2015. His goal now is to catch up to Spieth and Jason Day before he gets to the next major season.
“The rankings are going to be quite close by the end of the year, and if I can get off to a good start next year, there’s no reason why I can’t be the No. 1 player in the world going into Augusta,” McIlroy said. “That’s probably a goal of mine, to get off to a fast start next season and try to reclaim that position as quickly as I can.”
The 26-year-old also talks about the potential for golfers to peak in their thirties, saying he’s looking forward to “collecting some hardware” by playing the best golf of his life between now and the age of 40.
McIlroy is likely hoping that building momentum for the Masters can help secure him a win and a career grand slam. The most up to date Las Vegas odds from Vegas Insider show Spieth and Day atop the list of Masters favorites at 7-1, with McIlroy just slightly behind at 8-1.