After an epic collapse in the final round of the Masters in April, Rory McIlroy wrote a different ending to his US Open story. McIlroy not only took home his first ever major championship, but he did it by running away from the field and rewriting the US Open record books. McIlroy finished 16-under par, which is the best score ever in a US Open, and while the course didn’t play like a normal US Open course, he was incredibly impressive from start to finish, he exercised some of his past demons from Augusta, and turned in one of the best performances in US Open history with his runaway win.
Of course once he won his first major the hype machine started. The comparisons to Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and some of the other greats were mentioned by some of his fellow countrymen. While Rory McIlroy probably has more game than any player on the PGA Tour right now, he has led seven of the last eight rounds in majors, and he is just 22-years-old, it seems premature to start mentioning him in the same sentence as the two best players to ever step foot on the PGA Tour, especially after just one major championship.
Rory McIlroy joined The Dan Patrick Show to talk about whether or not he has gotten any sleep since winning the US Open, how things were different for him following Saturday at US Open compared to Saturday at Augusta, if he thinks his performance was better than Tiger’s in 2000, and whether or not he will come to the PGA Tour full time.
Whether or not he has gotten sleep since winning the US Open:
“I have yeah. I needed to catch up on a little bit of sleep. It was nice to get back into my own bed last night and catch up on some rest.”
How different Saturday night was at the US Open as opposed to the Masters:
“Yeah it was different. At Augusta it was all a bit new to me, it was a new experience and I didn’t know how to approach it. I think the lessons I learned at Augusta helped me a lot in the way I handled it and the way I played at Congressional this past weekend. There was a big difference in mindset and attitude as well. I think it showed.”
If he thinks his performance at the US Open was as good as Tiger’s in 2000:
“No I don’t think it’s as impressive. Tiger was the only person under par in that field that week and I think there was 20 people under par at Congressional. The golf course was scorable and I was able to score a little lower than the rest of the guys but what Tiger did in Pebble to win by 15 shots was ridiculous. The performance I put in last week was good, it was great, but definitely not quite up there with what Tiger did in 2000.”
If he is going to go to the PGA Tour full-time:
“I tried it out last year and it didn’t quite work out for me. I love playing in the states, I love going over there, and I love spending time there, but I’m never going to leave the European Tour, it’s my home tour, and it’s a tour that gave me my opportunities at the start of my career. It’s tough to play both tours, I’d like to play a little bit more in the states, but it’s just tough with everything else that’s going on around the world. Hopefully I can make a few more appearances over there, but I don’t think I will join in the next couple of years anyway. It doesn’t mean to say that I will never join the tour again, but just at this moment in time, I think the schedule I have right now it works pretty well and we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Whether or not winning his first major will change him:
“I hope not. It’s tough. The demands of my time now are going to obviously be more time confusing than it might’ve been if I hadn’t won the US Open, but I feel as if I will stay the same way or stay the same person. I feel I have surrounded myself with enough good people to keep my feet on the ground. It’s going to change being a major champion, but hopefully it won’t change me too much.”
If he is going to get sponsored by Guinness now:
“No definitely not. I don’t really like the stuff to be honest with ya so I don’t think I would be a good spokesperson for the company. (Host: I thought that was mother’s milk in Ireland?) No. Not mine anyway. (Host: What’s your go-to beer then?) Heineken. Heineken is my go-to beer.”