In an interview with Brad Faxon on Monday, Rory McIlroy said that he doesn’t think he would be a competitor if Brooks Koepka’s comments about their alleged rivalry did not give him a little extra motivation.
I have a feeling his clubs are going to be doing a lot of talking in the near future 👀 https://t.co/Np8wtmzh8r
— Brad Faxon (@BradFaxon) November 5, 2019
“Look, I don’t think I’d be a competitor if there wasn’t extra motivation there. I mean of course,” Rory said on the SiriusXM radio show Just the Fax. “I can get where Brooks was coming from but yeah, of course it gives me motivation. When somebody says something like that, you’re not a true competitor if you don’t feel something after that.”
But my thing is, I’m good with Brooks, I just want to let my clubs do the talking and for the last couple weeks I’ve been able to do that and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”
And Rory has done exactly that. Out of his last 22 tournaments, McIlroy has four victories, 18 Top 20 finishes, and has only missed two cuts. No one should be surprised since Rory is reigning Player of the Year and rightfully so. He has not let off the gas this season either, already notching a win under his belt at the WGC-HSBC Champions by beating Xander Schauffele in a playoff to go along with a tie for third at the first annual ZOZO Championship.
Unfortunately though, we’re unlikely to see Rory and Brooks tee it up in the same tournament together for quite some time. We’re also not going to see a head-to-head matchup at the upcoming Presidents Cup. Brooks Koepka is still dealing with his lingering knee injury and Rory is already looking ahead to having an eight-week off-season.