By Brian Keogh
Brian Keogh is a golf correspondent for The Irish Sun and a contributor to The Irish Times, Golf Digest Ireland and other golf publications. The following excerpt from Brian’s Irish Golf Desk is used with permission.
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RORY MCILROY HAS WON 16 EVENTS since Padraig Harrington captured his third major in 2008.
In fact, Irish golf has racked up 44 wins on the world’s main professional tours since McIlroy hit the tour full time eight years ago and with more than a third of the wins going to the curly haired wonderkid from Holywood, it’s clear that bar some unforeseen, knock on effect, the result of the legal action against his former management company, which begins in Dublin on Tuesday, is going to be a very small footnote in his career biography.
A cheque for €378,779 for his 10th European Tour win — he’s now level with Graeme McDowell and has only Darren Clarke (14), Padraig Harrington (14) and Christy O’Connor (24) ahead of him as far as wins on the European Tour are concerned — will matter little to McIlroy in the overall scheme of things either.
McIlroy has now overtaken Harrington in the European Tour’s “Career Money” list and earned €24,303,886 to Harrington’s €24,064,761 in 232 fewer events as a pro, 141 to Harrington’s 373.
Leading by four shots overnight, a closing 70 was enough to give the 25-year old a three-shot win on 22 under par from Sweden’s Alexander Noren.
His recent form guide on the European Tour now reads 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 1st. He’s 118 under par for his those seven European Tour events, won two majors and a WGC and averaged 67.35.
With no one to touch him right now, it really does appear that the sky’s the limit.
“It’s definitely the most consistent,” he said when asked if he was at the peak of his powers. “Yeah, I haven’t had a run like this before. I’m not quite sure what it is. It’s five European Tour events in the last, whatever; but yeah, am I at the peak of my powers? I’d like to think that I could still get better.
“I’d like to think that I can still improve in certain areas. But right now, I’m very happy with where my game is, and as I said, I feel like each week I turn up, I have a chance to win.”
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