McIlroy determined to keep 9-year win streak alive

(Old Westbury, New York:) Four-time Major winning Rory McIlroy is desperate to end an injury-plagued season with a victory and keep alive a nine-year streak of having won at least one event a year since 2009.

Despite the uncertainty following last fortnight’s PGA Championship, McIlroy will return to competition at this week’s Northern Trust and the opening event of the FedExCup Play-Off Series.

Rory McIlroy McIlroy’s last Tour victory came at the 2016 Tour Championship (Credit: PGA Tour)

It has also been a fortnight short of a year since McIlroy captured the Deutsche Bank Championship and then went onto capture the Tour Championship.

And while McIlroy is sure to attract a huge following around the Glen Oaks course on New York’s Long Island, it’s also all about next year.

“I intend to be hitting the ground running heading into 2018”, he said.

“I feel like I am going to have a good bit of time at the end of the year to work on my fitness, to work on my game.”

“For guys who play on both Tours you don’t get this opportunity to take a couple of months off and really work on what you need to work on in your game, work on your fitness so you can have a proper off-season, like every other sport has.”

“So, I am excited for that and it means I play through the FedExCup Play-Offs and I will play one more event back in Europe and shut it down for the remainder of the year.”

However first and foremost, McIlroy has to get himself back into the winner’s circle for the first time since winning last year’s Tour Championship in Atlanta.

In the intervening period, McIlroy has had to deal with adapting to new clubs, dealing with two separate rib injuries, losing his long-term caddie and also getting used to being married.

But then there is no doubting his enthusiasm to keep alive what would be, if successful, a nine-year run of having won at least one event a season since his debut pro victory at the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic.

“I am jacked-up about the next four weeks as I want to successfully defend my FedExCup title and I want to play well and I want to finish this year with a win,” he said.

But there’s also another contest McIlroy would like to see result in an Irish victory and that is Saturday’s Las Vegas historic showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Irishman Conor McGregor.

“No, I am not going to Vegas”, said McIlroy. “But I will be glued to the TV and it is going to be good.”