The podium microphone had little chance hide the massive figure that Rory McIlroy has become on the world golf scene.
Sitting down with a packed room of worldwide media, McIlroy – a four-time major champion at age 26 – maintained a powerful presence. Leaning forward with his arms crossed, he answered each question confidently and thoughtfully.
The first question was about how LeBron James carried himself as basketball’s top star, and if he could use the same strategy in professional golf – and in particular, this week’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay – as a psychological ploy.
“When LeBron talks about that, that’s not confidence – that’s a fact,” McIlroy said.
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“If you look at the numbers, you can really see he is the best player in the world. And I guess for me (in golf), I feel the same way, when I look at the world rankings and I see my name up at the top. If you look back at the last four or five years, I guess I’ve won more majors than anyone else in that time period.
“So do I feel like the best player in the world? Yes. And obviously I want to go out every week and try to back that up, and show that.”