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Rory McIlroy insists he wouldn’t trade his season for that of world No 1 Brooks Koepka

‘I don’t envy Brooks Koepka’: Rory McIlroy insists he wouldn’t trade his record this season with world No 1

  • Brooks Koepka won PGA Championship and was second at Masters and US Open
  • Rory McIlroy has had two wins and 11 top tens — more than any other player
  • The pair will go head-to-head at the Open at Royal Portrush next week 
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Rory McIlroy wouldn’t trade his season for that of world No 1 Brooks Koepka, who defended the US PGA Championship and finished runner-up at the Masters and US Open.

The Northern Irishman pointed to the fact he’s had two wins and 11 top tens — more than any other player. 

‘I wouldn’t trade, no,’ said McIlroy. ‘I look at Brooks at the majors and think, wow, if he produced that sort of stuff every week, it would be tough to compete. Why he doesn’t I’ve no idea, but he obviously puts more emphasis on majors. When I try that it almost goes the other way. I need to relax to play my best golf.

Rory McIlroy insists he wouldn’t trade his season for that of world No 1 Brooks Koepka

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Rory McIlroy insists he wouldn’t trade his season for that of world No 1 Brooks Koepka 

‘I look at what I’ve done this year and I’m proud of my body of work. My scoring average and stats are right where they need to be. I think peaking for majors is a bit of a myth. You’re trying to play well every week. Why would you turn up if you didn’t want to compete and win?’ 

McIlroy, who is playing in the Scottish Open, backed up his philosophy when asked whether he had one eye on The Open next week – the first time it will be staged in his Northern Irish homeland for 68 years.

‘I’m playing this event with two eyes firmly focused on the Scottish Open,’ he replied. 

‘I’ve never won in Scotland. I’ve been close a couple of times, but I’d like to do something about that. I felt proud to add a national Open to my CV in Canada a few weeks ago and I’d like to do the same here.’ 

Americans Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, and Kevin Kisner are also competing in a high-class field at the Renaissance Club, near North Berwick.

Koepka defended the US PGA Championship and finished second at the Masters and US Open

Koepka defended the US PGA Championship and finished second at the Masters and US Open

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Koepka defended the US PGA Championship and finished second at the Masters and US Open