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Rory McIlroy is hungry to be golf's number one hit again

Rory McIlroy is relishing the battle between golf's new 'Big Three' as he outlines his targets for next year.

McIlroy - currently ranked third behind No.1 Jordan Spieth, the Masters and US Open champion, and No.2 Jason Day, the USPGA champion - admits the prospect is whetting his appetite.

"I'd really enjoy the challenge of us all being there on the Sunday at Augusta, or any tournament for that matter," McIlroy said.

"Jordan and Jason are both extremely strong mentally, so it would be difficult to separate them. Competition and rivalry is very healthy for all sport, and I'm happy that the world of golf is hoping to see the three of us as a repeat of the three-way rivalry between Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. We're not quite there yet, but it'll be a lot of fun and exciting golf if it happens.

"When history's written, it's all about the major count. While the Masters is the one I've yet to get my hands on, and an important one to me, it's not worth more than the other three majors."

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