Former world number one Rory McAlroy says winning the PGA Tour is more difficult than ever as he prepares to start his 2021-2022 season at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas on Thursday.
McElroy is chasing his second title of the year at this week’s tournament in Nevada, where the CJ Cup moved from his home on Jeju Island in South Korea last year due to epidemics.
McAlway scored the longest victory of his career with a victory at the Wells Fargo Championship in Coelholo in May, ending an 18-month drought followed by four victories in 2019.
The 32-year-old four-time major champion said Wednesday that he believes the multi-title season is getting harder and harder, which shows the depth of talent on the tour.
“You go to the PGA Tour event where there are 144, 156 players and you know you think three-quarters of the field have a chance to win and that just explains it,” said McElroy. How deep the field is. “
“It’s hard to win, right? I’ve had two seasons where I’ve won four and five times and I think it’s a success these days.”
Ben Hogan maintained an all-time winning record in the same season, snatching 13 titles in 1946. Most recently, both Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods won nine titles in the same season in 2004 and 2000, respectively.
McIlroy believes that such achievements cannot be repeated.
“Seasons like Vijay and Tiger … I may be wrong, but I don’t know if we’re going to see them again,” said McElroy.
“I think it’s been a great season these days – three wins are extraordinary, two wins are great, and then anything like all three, you’re the best player in the world right now.”
McLarey, meanwhile, will present it after a disappointing Ryder Cup campaign this week that saw him win by just one point as Europe beat Europe by a margin of 10 points.
McIlroy cried emotionally as he reconsidered his performance in the immediate aftermath of the defeat in the Strait of Whistle.
McIlroy admitted on Wednesday that he was shocked by his tearful reaction to the loss.
“I’m not necessarily so passionate about golf, so I think that’s how it surprised me,” said McIlroy. “It’s a very emotionally charged week.
“But I think it was a good thing for me. I think I can realize some things about myself that I probably knew but I was probably trying to keep down and not let them out. ۔
“I was amazed at how emotional I became, but then after a bit of reflection over the last few weeks, I realized why I got it.”