MORE majors real goal as Rory looks to end year on high
Rory McIlroy will add another €783,610 to his millions the moment he tees off in Dubai tomorrow - but it is not money that is driving the 23-year-old on in his already glittering career.
"Winning, trying to be the best player that I can be, trying to win majors - that's the real goal for me," said golf's world No 1.
The six-figure cheque will be his once he starts the DP World Tour Championship as the end-of-season bonus for topping the European Tour money list.
He clinched that two weeks ago, adding it to the PGA Tour number one spot he had in the bag without playing any of the last four events. That is how dominant he has been this year.
Luke Donald did the same double last season, but he had to go to the last day in both races to achieve the feat. McIlroy has done it at a canter.
With a second runaway major win also now on his record, the Northern Irishman is such as force in the game - in all sport, come to that - that Nike are thought to be prepared to spend more than €186m to get him using their clubs.
For his final event of 2012 McIlroy is still playing Titleist, but he added: "This is the last week that I will."
Nick Faldo has warned of the dangers of switching, but the reigning USPGA champion is not worried.
"I've tinkered about enough to feel comfortable going into next season.
"I think all of the manufacturers make great equipment nowadays and it's all very, very similar.
"I mean, a lot of the manufacturers get their clubs made at the same factories as each other.
"I don't think it will make any difference. A hockey stick and an orange serves me all right."
With that mindset he sees no need to lower his sights for next year.
The four majors are the top targets inevitably and he stated confidently: "I got one in 2011, I backed it up this year with another major-winning season and I would love to say 2013 will be similar.
"That's the benchmark for me."
The ultimate for further down the road if all goes well, of course, would be Jack Nicklaus' 18 majors -- or whatever mark Tiger Woods gets to.
But on that he stated: "I've always said I'm never going to put a number on it. I don't want to do that.
"I just want to get my third and when I get my third I want to try to get my fourth.
"Obviously I'm halfway to the career Grand Slam, so that's probably the next obvious goal for me."
Only five players in history - Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Nicklaus and Woods - have won all four majors. McIlroy needs the US Masters and the Open Championship.
A fifth win in 2012 will only add to his belief that it might not be far away.
He will be presented with the European Tour 'Race to Dubai' crown on Sunday, but hopes that, like Lee Westwood three years ago, it will be in addition to a tournament title worth just over ¤1million.
"I'd like to pick up two trophies at the end of the week.
"Obviously you have to stay right till the end (there is no halfway cut for the 57-strong field), so I might as well make it matter.
"I really want to play well this week, finish this season on a high."