Rory McIlroy got some consolation for his quarter-final exit from the World Championship match play event when it was announced on Monday that he had won the European Tour’s shot of the month for January for one of his efforts when winning the Dubai Masters. McIlroy heard the news in America where he was beaten in the WGC by eventual winner Geoff Ogilvy in the last eight, with the Aussie quick to praise the teenager from Co. Down. “Rory’s a very impressive golfer,” Ogilvy said. “It’s feasible that he’s going to be top two or three in the world within a year. “I mean he’s that good. Physically, he’s got the whole package, but there are other kids out there that have got the whole package, but his demeanor is fantastic. “I think that the more he plays, the more different sorts of golf courses he plays, he’s just going to add more and more dimensions to his game and this will be the worst ranking he’s got for the next 10 years, what it is now. It’s only going to go up because he’s very impressive. “He is by far the best young player I’ve ever played with. The hype is fair because he’s the real deal.” McIlroy admitted in Arizona that he would love to be world number one sometime in the future and said, “It would be great to get that accolade one day but I am just trying to play my golf, keep improving and see where it gets me. “I am not trying to set any major goals like that as Tiger Woods is Tiger, and even after the operation he is going to come back great. “He has been the best in the world for the last 10 years and I see no reason why he won’t be for another few years. I just want to try and get in the top 10 in the world and see how it goes from there.”

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