The world's No. 1 ranked golfer Rory McIlroy tells Charlie Rose how he got to the top, and what it's like to play with Tiger Woods.
Rory McIlroy may be just 23 years old, but what he can do with a golf club in his hands have made the expectations almost unfair ... except that so far he's exceeded them. Yes, there was the "wheels falling off" round at the 2011 Masters but he followed that up two months later with a U.S. Open win, and he earned his second major victory at the PGA Championship two weeks ago.
So it's tough to take his critics seriously, which we're guessing is something that doesn't consume McIlroy anyway.
On Wednesday, the world's top-ranked player sat down with CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose and he admitted that his second major title was "very important" and it validated last year's U.S. Open win.
"I always feel like a lot of guys have won one major, and not too many have backed it up with another one," McIlroy said. "I wanted to prove that I had the hunger to do more and I wanted to go on and win more tournaments and win more majors. I want to get my third. And hopefully when I get my third, I want to get my fourth."
McIlroy will tee it up at the Barlays on Thursday in the first leg of the FedEx Cup, and he will be paired with Tiger Woods. Not surprisingly, both players are favorites to win on the Bethpage Black course that also hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens.
The current world No. 1 called playing with Woods "a dream come true," adding I've actually struck up a really good relationship with him over these past couple of years. And to be able to play alongside your hero and then to compete against him as well, is -- not many people in life get to do that."