Rory McIlroy, who will turn 30 on Saturday, is one of the top three European golfers of all time

  • Rory McIlroy is already one of the top three European golfers of all time
  • The Northern Irishman has won four majors and 15 titles on the PGA Tour
  • McIlroy is a stride behind Seve but at least a couple of laps ahead of Faldo

Thirty is a landmark age in any walk of life, where you pause for breath, assess how far you’ve come and how far you want to go. When it comes to the first part of the equation, Rory McIlroy — who will reach that age on Saturday — will surely do so with an enormous sense of satisfaction.

Even if he packed up tomorrow, he’d be one of the top three European golfers of all time, alongside Sir Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros. With his victory at the Players Championship last month, he became only the third player, after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, to win four majors and 15 times on the PGA Tour before the age of 30. On the financial front, he’s got more money than the next 10 generations of McIlroys could ever spend.

So far, so brilliant. But what happens now? Will he kick on like Faldo did once he reached 30? Or have we seen his best years, as was the case with Seve?

Rory McIlroy, who will turn 30 on Saturday, is one of the top three European golfers of all time
Rory McIlroy, who will turn 30 on Saturday, is one of the top three European golfers of all time

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