McIlroy: “Bubba Watson.”
Q: Who would say are your best friends on Tour?
McIlroy: “Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, while I get on really well with Keegan Bradley.”
Q: Who would be in your dream foursome?
McIlroy: “My dad, Harry Diamond and probably Sean (O’Flaherty), my manager.”
Q: Who is the best non-pro you have played alongside?
McIlroy: “I’ve played with a lot of celebrities, some great sports people and some great amateurs but probably the president at Seminole Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Jimmy Dunne (and Augusta National member). He’s a great guy and I was playing there with Tiger in November and we had a great time.”
Q: What is the favourite club in your bag?
McIlroy: “My driver. Simply because of the distance I can drive the ball off the tee and how that club is then so pivotal to every other shot I play at a particular hole. This driver in my bag is the best driver I’ve had for a long while and I couldn’t be happier with it.”
Q: What is a normal workout routine for you?
McIlroy: “Sixty minutes in the morning, 30 minutes of that working on quads. Though I am watching the clock after 10 minutes, I have to say (smiling). Then around 90 minutes in the gym in the afternoon or early evening.”
Q: What is your normal practice routine?
McIlroy: “I usually get to the course spending about an hour or so on the range and then it’s the usual procedure, like the majority of pros. I might hit a few bunker shots before spending about 20 minutes or so on the practice putting green, so from there I’m ready to go to the first tee.”
Q: It’s late on a Sunday and there’s a lot of cash on line and who would you choose, other than yourself, to hole the winning putt?
McIlroy: “Luke Donald.”