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McIlroy focussing on his focus, not 18 majors. Admits he "didn't sleep very well" before final round

So what now Rory? Tiger's record of 14? Jack's 18?  "No. I never thought about it. It's never been a goal, it's never been a target of mine," Rory McIlroy said of Nicklaus' tally of 18 major titles in a phone interview with Newstalk in Dublin. "I've alway said, when I won my first major, I  was just trying to focus on my second. And when I won my second, I just wanted to win my third.

McIlroy focussing on his focus, not 18 majors. Admits he "didn't sleep very well" before final round

"I had to silence a few doubters about how I could play links golf"

Rory McIlroy confessed that he feared that The Open would always be the hardest major to win. But all those fears melted away as he tapped in for victory and raised the Claret Jug to the heavens at Royal Liverpool on Sunday to tick the third leg of the career Grand Slam off his list.

"I had to silence a few doubters about how I could play links golf"

McIlroy the merciless goes six clear at Hoylake

He's had the luck of the draw, the odd lucky bounce and the kind of soft conditions he relishes. Be that as it may, Rory McIlroy produced one of the most professional and mature performances of his career to stand on the cusp of history at Royal Liverpool today.

McIlroy the merciless goes six clear at Hoylake