Rory McIlroy is the No. 2 player in the world and has won four times in the year 2019. It’s been a good year for the Northern Irishman, to say the least, even if he didn’t hoist a trophy at a major championship.
McIlroy hasn’t won a major since 2014. While I’m not saying it’s easy for a player to forget those major winning moments, but with all four of his major titles coming between the years of 2011 and 2014, it’s probably not a common occurrence of McIlroy’s to look back five-plus years into the past.
It turns out he did, however, have a bit of a blast from the past recently thanks to him and his wife Erica moving into a new home in Florida.
According to Golf Channel, after coming back from his win in China at the WGC-HSBC Champions, McIlroy walked into his game room where his trophies were sitting and had a bit of a reminiscent moment. It also served as a bit of a reminder and also a motivator.
“We still hadn’t moved everything in, and the trophy cabinet hadn’t been built. And then I got back from China, walked into our sort of game room and up on the wall were all the trophies and stuff,” McIlroy said after the opening round of the DP World Tour Championship. “All that stuff had been in storage for a year and a half. So first time I’d seen the claret jug, and the U.S. Open trophy and all that sort of stuff.”
“It’s cool,” he said, “but it’s also a great motivator to think, ‘I’m still pretty early in my career and I’ve done quite a lot, but I still want to do so much more.'”
Nothing like walking into what I imagine a massive game room and seeing a claret jug and U.S. Open trophy staring at you. Safe to say that anytime he walks into his trophy room it’s a pretty quick kick in the ass and motivator for the future.
McIlroy’s subtle ‘I still want to do so much more’ quote after mentioning it is a motivator may be simple, but if an extra motivated McIlroy comes hot out of the gates to start the new season the entire golfing world needs to be put on a major notice.
He posted an eight-under 64 in the opening round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Thursday, so that’s a pretty good start.