From Brian Keogh in New York
Speed freak Rory McIlroy splashed out over €200,000 on a flashy Ferrari and a new Audi RS6 before heading to Bethpage.
Now the Holywood boy racer wants to scorch his way to a €850,000 plus pay day by lifting the US Open title.
The 7,400 yard monster sets up perfectly for the world No 18’s long-hitting style and he knows he’s got a great chance of becoming the youngest major winner for nearly a century.
Delighted with his 200 mph Ferrari 430 F1, McIlroy said: “I’ve always wanted one. I’ve had it for a while, it’s fantastic.
“Myself and Dad got it from Birmingham and drove it back. You can have a little fun with it but the thing about it is, the corners come up on it so fast. Luckily, the ceramic brakes are great. I’m picking up the RS6 when I go home.”
McIlroy’s recent two week break turned into a major shopping spree and his manager Chubby Chandler would love to see him bring home some silverware and a wad of cash from New York.
McIlroy joked: “Chubby’s told me not to have another two weeks off because I’ll end up buying everything else.”
With career earnings of more than €2 million, McIlroy won’t have a problem paying the hefty insurance premiums on his new wheels.
And it will be even easier if he lands the US Open at the first attempt on a course that is more suited to his game than other venues.
He said: “I’d rather be playing here for my first US Open rather than somewhere like Pinehurst, Shinnecock, Oakmont or even Southern Hills, where you’ve sort of got to get used to the conditions.
“This is soft and long and the rough is tough. You’ve still got to play great golf but it sets up nicely for me. You can hold the fairways even if you push it or pull it slightly.
“I don’t want to say it sets up great for me but it doesn’t set up badly. If I play the way I know I can, I know I can challenge here.”
McIlroy played a nine hole match with Graeme McDowell against Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood on Tuesday.
They claimed a half with the Ryder Cup veterans and then headed out together yesterday for another reconnaissance mission.
He said: “It’s a strong finish from 15 to 18. I hit a three wood into the fat of the fairway on the last. But if you have to par the 18th to win the US Open, you hit a four-iron off the tee.”