LA QUINTA, Calif. —
The one question McIlroy has fielded since closing out his year with a win in Dubai — giving him money titles on the PGA Tour and European Tour — is what he will do for an encore. He is about to change equipment from Titleist to Nike. McIlroy starts his season Jan. 17 in Abu Dhabi against a strong field.
“What would be a success next season compared to this one? I guess it’s just trying to become a better golfer, maybe add more variety to my game,” he said. “But you know, we’re judged on wins, ultimately. ... I won my first major in ‘11, I backed it up this season with another one, and I’d love to go into ‘13 with that same goal of trying to win another major.
“I think really what was disappointing this year for me — if there was a disappointment — that I was only in contention once in the majors, and luckily I was able to win it,” he said. “But next year I’d love to be in contention in all four of them.”
McIlroy has never played at three of the four majors in the rotation next year — Merion, Muirfield or Oak Hill.