McIlroy achieves Race to Dubai title but yearns for Masters win

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Rory McIlroy ticks one pre-season goal by taking the Race to Dubai title for third time in four years but still wants to win The Masters.

McIlroy achieves Race to Dubai title but yearns for Masters win

SHOWS: DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (NOVEMBER 22, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) TOURNAMENT AND RACE TO DUBAI WINNER RORY MCILROY SAYING:

“It will be European number one for the third time in four years. That was a goal of mine at the start of the year. It was a goal of mine in the middle of the year and it was definitely a goal coming into these last few weeks. I’m obviously grateful to the European Tour for letting me be a part of The Race to Dubai and letting me play here this week even though I didn’t quite play the required minimum events I was able to still take part and thankfully that was the case because it was a great way to finish this year.”

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3. (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) TOURNAMENT AND RACE TO DUBAI WINNER RORY MCILROY, ASKED ABOUT HIS REMAINING GOALS, SAYING:

“Myself going for the Grand Slam again, you know it’s always going to be there until I get to put a green jacket on my back so it’s obviously the first real goal of the year is to try and get ready for the Masters and be in as good shape as possible going in there.”

STORY: World number three Rory McIlroy declared he was back to his ominous best after seven birdies in 11 holes helped him win the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Sunday (November 22), a victory that has already led his thoughts to turn to April’s U.S. Masters.

McIlroy’s one-stroke victory over England’s Andy Sullivan provides an upbeat ending to a topsy-turvy season. An ankle injury in July meant he missed three important tournaments and would not have qualified for the final matches at the end of the season if the European Tour had not given him a special dispensation.

“It will be European number one for the third time in four years. That was a goal of mine at the start of the year. It was a goal of mine in the middle of the year and it was definitely a goal coming into these last few weeks,” he said.

“I’m obviously grateful to the European Tour for letting me be a part of the “Race to Dubai” and letting me play here this week even though I didn’t quite play the required minimum events I was able to still take part and thankfully that was the case because it was a great way to finish this year,” he said.

Before having to salvage a successful season from potential disaster, McIlroy began 2015 looking for his best year ever. He won the Dubai Desert Classic in February to become world number one before being usurped by USA’s Jordan Spieth and Australia’s Jason Day.

McIlroy has famously revealed that he writes his season goals on a sheet of paper on the flight to Dubai in January, where he prepares for the new season. He revealed on Sunday that he had only ticked one goal this year – winning the 2015 Race to Dubai.

Asked what he will be gunning for in 2016, McIlroy said it had to be the grand slam of golf: The Masters, U.S. Open, The Open and PGA Masters. Three of these he has won in the past but The Masters has eluded him once again this year, having finished fourth.

“Myself going for the Grand Slam again, you know it’s always going to be there until I get to put a green jacket on my back so it’s obviously the first real goal of the year is to try and get ready for the Masters and be in as good shape as possible going in there,” he told reporters, adding he would be working hard for the next eight weeks to be fully fit for the next season.

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