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US Open Champ says not the Rory era yet

On the eve of the PGA Championship at Atlanta, and the possibility of becoming the youngest player to win two majors since Gene Sarazen nearly 90 years ago, Rory McIlroy moved to quell the hype surrounding his rise to superstardom.

“I don’t think it’s quite a new era yet until guys start to win majors more regularly, like he did.” McIlroy said Wednesday during his news conference at the PGA Championship.

“(Woods) is still the biggest attraction in the game of golf, so I don’t think that has changed at all,”

“The only thing that’s changed is that he just isn’t winning as much as he did back then. But that’s not to say he won’t do it again.

While Woods is back on the comeback trail, having completed his first tournament since his 12 week lay-off, the Atlanta Athletic Club looks ideally fitted to McIlroy’s game.

The 7,467 yard will appeal to long and straight hitters off the tee, one of McIllroy's strengths and the smooth and slippery greens will play nicely for the Ulsterman’s superb putting game

"Most of all, it's a straightforward golf course,” said the 22-year-old, playing down any advantage he might have.

“Everything is out in front of you. You can make a few birdies around the turn and then you've just got to hang on for dear life coming in.”

Fame has come at a price for McIlroy, however.

The Ulsterman also admitted he has found it very difficult to cope with being in the public eye since his astonishing success at Congressional.

“I've had security guards at my house every night since I won the US Open. It is something I had to put in place, I'm afraid. It's tough, but it is just the world we live in, unfortunately."

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