London, Dec. 5: Star golfer Rory McIlroy has hailed his girlfriend, Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki as his inspiration after winning the ‘PGA Tour Player of the Year’ award.
“Seeing how hard she works and how hard she practises and how dedicated she is, it definitely flipped a switch with me that I could be a little more like that,” The Telegraph quoted the Northern Irishman, as saying.
“She’s definitely been a great influence on me. I’ve always felt like I’ve been dedicated to the game and I’ve practised hard and I’ve worked at it. But I guess over the past 18 months, especially after winning the US Open, I sort of felt like I went to the next stage of my career,” he added.
According to the paper, the vote by Tour players made McIlroy the youngest recipient since Tiger Woods, who was 21 when he won it in 1998. He also was the third European to win in the last five years, joining Padraig Harrington in 2008 and Luke Donald last year.
McIlroy, 23, the world No 1, won four PGA Tour titles this year, including the USPGA Championship by a record eight strokes, the paper said.
He added: “I feel like my personality away from the golf course hasn’t changed, but definitely when I get to the golf course I’m maybe a little more professional, a little more business-like.”
“I guess that’s just the way you have to be to be successful and to try and win as many tournaments as you can. It’s an honour. It’s always nice to get recognition from your peers, the guys that you’re trying to beat week in, week out. It’s just a great way to end what has been a great year, my best season so far,” he said. (ANI)