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Saturday 18 August 2018

Rory McIlroy: Top of the world

Bring on Tiger as US Open Champion Rory has Woods in his sights

AFTER astounding the world of golf with his demolition of a high-class US Open field, major winner McIlroy now wants to tame the Tiger.

In a record-breaking weekend in Maryland, McIlroy romped to an eight-shot victory thanks to four stunning sub-70 rounds.

In the aftermath of his inspirational victory, the 22- year-old star, who became the youngest winner of a US Open in 88 years, said his next ambition was to go toe-to-toe with his idol, Tiger Woods.

"When I was growing up, I always had putts to beat Tiger Woods in the Masters or US Open," said a delighted McIlroy.

"So it would be great to be able to get in contention one day . . . and go down the stretch with him because I've never really had that experience before."

McIlroy is likely to see the financial value of his endorsements treble from €10 million to €30 million per year after last night's spectacular triumph.

Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus said he liked McIlroy's "moxie" after being reminded that Rory was a few months younger than him when he landed the first of his record 18 majors in 1962.

"He's ahead - and his score is way ahead of my pace," the Golden Bear said in praise of the Ulsterman.

Three-time major winner Pádraig Harrington said he thinks Rory has the game to surpass the record 18 majors held by Nicklaus.

"If you are going to talk about someone challenging Jack's record, there's your man," he said.

"Winning majors at 22 with his talent -- he would have 20 more years, so probably 100 more majors in him where he could be competitive.

"It would give him a great chance.

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