Rory remains focused

Rory McIlroy is gearing up for his first post-Open Championship tournament at this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

McIlroy joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only other players to have won three majors at the age of 26 when he lifted the Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool two weeks ago.

However, the Northern Irishman is remaining grounded and is eager to get a few more good performances under the belt before the season closes.

McIlroy is a 7/1 favourite with Paddy Power to win this week, but isn’t taking anything for granted

“I think every time you have success, you need to reassess your goals because it’s only halfway, two thirds through the season, and a lot of the goals that I set myself for the start of the year, I’ve achieved already,” McIlroy told USA Today.

“So that’s when you have to reassess and say like, Okay, you’ve boxed that off. Celebrate it for a couple of days, but then you’ve got to move on.

“You’ve got to keep moving forward and keep thinking about what you want to achieve from now until the end of the year.

“And then at the end of the year, you can really reflect on everything you’ve done and enjoy it. 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.”

McIlroy’s Open Championship win saw him move up to second in the world rankings. He faces some stiff competition as world number one Adam Scott, eight time winner of WGC-Bridgestone Tiger Woods and world number three Henrick Stenson will all be contending for the title.

Head on over to Paddy Power to back your favourite ahead of what should be a thrilling four days’ golf.