Written by Staff Writer at CNN
On Thursday, Rory McIlroy reigned supreme at a tournament just south of Boston. He made short work of Alexander Levy in a runaway six-shot victory.
Now, the world’s second-ranked golfer with a Tour victory under his belt in Chicago, says he’s excited to continue his assault on the year’s final major, the US Open, at Shinnecock Hills next month.
“I don’t think there is any secret to my success. I can sit here for hours and talk about it, about what I did and how I did it, but the thing that I have done very well throughout my whole career has been to stay consistent.
“I’ve never been great at having big swings, big, exciting periods, big collapses. So that’s something that I want to continue to work on, and I’m capable of being the best player in the world.”
McIlroy earned nearly $3 million in prize money to win this week’s Barclays Championship — his first tournament win since November 2016 — which saw him move to eighth in the FedEx Cup standings.
However, he may need to win his final two events to remain among the tournament’s top 100, and even if he does make the field at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, he’ll need to overcome a 16-shot deficit to start.
In 2011, Jordan Spieth held a 14-shot lead with only two holes to play before suffering a dramatic meltdown on his way to a quadruple-bogey.
Defending champion Justin Thomas, ranked world number one, failed to record a single birdie and was blown away with his worst tournament ever on Thursday.
Despite the stunning collapse, McIlroy insists he can’t focus on what’s gone wrong. “If I let it get to me too much, it could bring me down. Instead I’ve got to keep doing what I’m doing.”
McIlroy and Levy finished the tournament in joint second with one over par.