Rory McIloy is said to be capable of winning 20 major golf tournaments by none other than Jack Nicklaus who holds the record of 18 wins. “I think Rory has an opportunity to win 15 or 20 majors or whatever he wants to do if he wants to keep playing,” Nicklaus, 74, told ESPN Radio. “It depends on what he feels his priorities are and that’s his call.” Tiger Woods has failed to add to his 14 major wins since his 2008 US Open triumph but Nicklaus believes McIlroy, who was won three majors, could better the record.
Nicklaus has got to
know McIlroy well since the Northern Irishman moved to Florida several years
ago and the current world number one has sought advice from the veteran on a number occasions. “I
think Rory is an unbelievable talent,” Nicklaus said. “I love his swing, I love his rhythm. He’s got a little
swagger there, it’s a little bit cocky but not offensive. I like that. I like the self-confidence in a young man.
McIlroy will be aiming to win his fourth major title at the Nicklaus-designed Valhalla course this week,
competing in the US PGA Championship as a clear favourite after his successive wins at the Open
Championship and last week’s World Golf Championship event in Ohio.
This article was republished with permission from the editor and the publisher of the Sport Intern, Karl-Heinz Huba.