How low can Rory McIlroy go at PGA Championship?

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after saving par on the 11th hole during the third round of...

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after saving par on the 11th hole during the third round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, August 9, 2014. (REUTERS/John Sommers II)

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:03 AM ET

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Forget the PGA Championship, for a moment.

There’s more at stake here at Valhalla this week than Rory McIlroy’s second victory in three years (in what is considered by some as the ugly stepchild of golf’s major championships).

A second PGA Championship is undoubtedly important to the 25-year-old burgeoning superstar’s hall-of-fame career trajectory, but at McIlroy’s level, a fourth major is just another notch in his belt.

Regular players strive for majors, but special players strive for something more.

It’s why Tiger Woods set career mile markers and his most famous of which, the pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors record, is now haunting him after making it public knowledge years ago.

After you’ve reached a certain amount of success, you have to have to aim higher. At a certain point you have to start reaching for history.

And history is within McIlroy’s grasp today.


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