Northern Irishman leads FedExCup after winning two majors, WGC
August 20, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Rory McIlroy is seeking his first FedExCup. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
PARAMUS, N.J. -- In between laughs with Jimmy Fallon and Tiger Woods on Fallon's late-night show earlier this week, Rory McIlroy referred to Woods in the past tense.
Freudian slip? Perhaps, but the word "was" hung in the air for a few extra seconds for anyone paying close attention.
But as McIlroy enters this week's Barclays seeking a fourth straight win, he said that his meteoric rise this season, in his eyes, isn't some sort of passing-of-the-torch moment from Woods to him.
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"I'm not comfortable (with it) because I know that he's working his butt off to get back here and get back to where he wants to be," McIlroy said of the injured Woods, who failed to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs after one top-25 in just seven starts this season on the PGA TOUR. "Look, I'm just going to keep playing my golf and play as good as I can, and I'll see where that takes me."
Where it has taken McIlroy is to the top of the game. He is first in the FedExCup standings, first in the Official World Golf Ranking and is now seeking his first FedExCup title. With his victory earlier this month at Valhalla, McIlroy also became just the fourth player over the last century to win four major championships at age 25 or younger. The others? Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Woods.
But McIlroy, at least for the time being, isn't interested in legacy stuff. He's focusing on something much closer to his reach.
"It's my next goal," he said of trying to win the FedExCup. "So I'm going to put everything into that."
As for the legacy stuff?
"I don't think any torch has been passed and I don't think any torch will ever be passed because I never think of myself in that way," McIlroy said. "I never see myself like that. I see myself as a golfer on the PGA TOUR that wants to win tournaments and wants to be the best that he can be, and I don't see the need for me to carry any sort of torch. I just want to win golf tournaments."
And the more he does, the closer he will come to taking that torch and running with it.
Rory McIlroy comments on the FedExCup before The Barclays