Rory McIlroy wants to win lots of majors but lead a normal life

Rory McIlroy is trying to win his first WGC event ever. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy is trying to win his first WGC event ever. (Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy almost quit golf when he was 16 -- that's pretty crazy, right? As the story goes he was upset at how unhappy he was with the sport after a win.

"Yeah, I was ready to give it up when I was 16. I remember the drive. I just won the Mullingar Scratch Cup, and I remember the drive home with my dad. It was like a three-hour drive. And I said to him, 'I don't like this anymore.' I don't enjoy it. I just won, and I don't know, I'm not happy, I'm not excited.

I went back home and didn't play golf for about three days. McIlroy then said he quickly realized, "Actually, I really like this game. (I was) just an impulsive teenager going through hormonal issues."

Thankfully for golf he changed his mind and now he's changing everyone else's minds about what it means to be great in 2014.

McIlroy, the third-youngest ever to three of the four legs of the career slam, said on Tuesday at the Bridgestone Invitational he's trying to move past his British Open win.

"I've obviously had a bit of time to reflect after the Open and everything, but just decided I wanted to move on and move forward," he said.

"And then at the end of the year, you can really reflect on everything you've done and enjoy it. So it's a springboard. I feel like I've got a lot of momentum, and I can carry that through to the end of the year and hopefully ride that and play some really good golf and some golf similar to what you saw at Hoylake."

He also noted that despite the popularity he's tried to pull the reins back a bit on his modern-day fame. Something that Bubba Watson said he also tried to do after his second Masters win.

"I didn't grow up wanting to lead a normal life. I grew up wanting to win major championships," he said. "I think you can still do both. You can still lead a relatively normal life.

"Like, obviously, always the week after winning a big tournament like the Open, it's going to be that's abnormal. That's not something you're going to have to deal with week in and week out, but I think you can still have the drive and the dedication to try to become one of the best players ever and still do relatively normal things."

That's something Tiger Woods was never able to fully balance but I don't think McIlroy's level of fame will ever approach what Woods has experienced over the course of his career.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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