Golf returns to White Sulphur Springs … and Rory McIlroy wants to take it all

Rory McIlroy says he is focused on getting his game ready for the Presidents Cup and Olympic Games in hopes of winning both in 2020, the year of his 30th birthday. The 27-year-old British…

Golf returns to White Sulphur Springs … and Rory McIlroy wants to take it all

Rory McIlroy says he is focused on getting his game ready for the Presidents Cup and Olympic Games in hopes of winning both in 2020, the year of his 30th birthday.

The 27-year-old British golfer said at his press conference Sunday at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., that he expects to be in the mix for the majors in 2019 and 2020.

“I expect to contend in all four majors and look forward to being part of the Ryder Cup team in Paris in 2020,” he said. “I believe that I’m capable of being the best player in the world at 30 and I’m still working on it.”

McIlroy ended the 2018 PGA Tour season with his second victory in five starts, carding a final-round 64 to beat Adam Scott by one stroke. He finished the season with his 20th PGA Tour title. It’s the third time in his five PGA Tour years that he has won at least 20 events. His other two seasons were filled with PGA Tour victories, runner-up finishes and missed cuts.

The Northern Irishman in early January became the first European to win a major when he won the 2018 PGA Championship at the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. It was his third major championship, his second in three years.

He did not have an opening round of 65 or better all week at the Sony Open in Hawaii this week, but he made it through the week in 31 under par.

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