“The quest for success is what drives me”
October 18, 2011 Ambassadors

“The quest for success is what drives me”

After his recent US Open victory, young Irish golfer Rory McIlroy confirms his status as a rising star. Here’s an interview.


Twenty-two year old Rory McIlroy has already been part of the golf world’s top tier for two years. He was the youngest golfer in history to obtain professional status on the European tour, and on June 19, he won the 111th edition of the US Open. In his peers’ opinion, this title will likely be just the first in a long string of victories.

In view of your precocious results and your youth, you’re often compared with Tiger Woods. How are you different as players?

The main difference is in our records: Tiger has won 14 majors and I’ve only won one… but I aim to improve these statistics! We have much more in common, and the main thing is that we both want to win just as much as we possibly can. The quest for success is what drives us.

What are your objectives for the coming months?

It’s been a very good year so far, and I aim to make it even better.  As for next year, I have four major goals – the US Masters, US Open, The Open and the US PGA.

What do you think about the Swiss watchmaking industry, and Audemars Piguet in particular?

For me, Switzerland is synonymous with watches and clocks; nobody does it better. As for Audemars Piguet, I was a big fan even before the brand became a sponsor. They’re the embodiment of style, class, and reliability.