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His status will undoubtedly soar as a result, but McIlroy said he’ll try to stay grounded.
“With success comes expectation, and I know the expectation on me is going to be pretty high,” McIlroy told Sky Sports TV on Wednesday. “I expect big things from myself, but as long as I can keep the commitment and dedication and put the hard work in, I don’t see why there’s any reason not to handle it OK.”
Considering McIlroy had won just two tournaments in his professional career, it was a surprise how easily he handled the course and field over four days.
“Last week was fantastic, incredible,” he said. “The golf I played, I’d never played before in my life. I just hope I can keep it going.”
McIlroy said McDowell’s victory was inspirational.
“I remember going up to Portrush and seeing Graeme when he came back home, and it’s nearly exactly a year later that I’m doing the same thing,” McIlroy said. “What Graeme did last year at Pebble Beach definitely inspired me to go on and believe that I can win major championships, to follow in his footsteps and bring the trophy back to Northern Ireland.
“To think that no European had won it in 40 years before Graeme and then the two of us won it back to back. Growing up in tough [golf course] conditions, like the U.S. Open usually is, probably helped us. But I don’t think you can explain having two back-to-back U.S. Open winners from a country of 1 1/2 million.”
McIlroy is taking the next three weeks off. His first event back is the British Open at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, southeast England, starting July 14.
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