Much to the surprise of many in what some are calling an upset, Rory McIlroy was voted the PGA Player of the Year, in a vote casted by his fellow PGA Tour peers. The four-man vote was pretty much a two-horse race between McIlroy and Brooks Koepka, but it was the Northern Irishman who won the Jack Nicklaus trophy for the third time in his career, but now his focus has switched to the one major he is yet to claim.
It was another year to forget for McIlroy when it comes to majors, with his failed attempt of winning the Open Championship on home soil, falling at the first hurdle and missing the cut.
McIlroy has four majors to his name so far, with the US Open, the Open Championship and two PGA Championships all under his belt, but he hasn't won one since 2014 and he is aiming to complete a career Grand Slam in 2020 by winning the Masters at Augusta.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, McIlroy opened up about a number of topics, including the Masters, his respect for world No.1 Koepka and his thoughts on the new controversial major schedule.
McIlroy - The Masters
"I'd give quite a lot [to win it]! It's the one left for me. I've been very fortunate and lucky enough to win pretty much everything else there is to win in golf, so that's the last piece in the puzzle.
I feel after a season like I've had that I'm more ready than ever to go and try and claim it and win it. Every time you go back there you get more and more comfortable, so hopefully next year is the year.
I feel like I'm confident enough in my game that I'll have a good chance next year."
His PGA Player of the Year Vote
"I voted for Brooks to win. I thought it was pretty tight. Brooks had an unbelievable year, won another major and played fantastically.
"He beat me in Memphis pretty convincingly in July and then I got him back in Atlanta a few weeks ago. I thought it was going to be pretty tight and I didn't know whether the major that he won was going to sway the vote one way or another.
"It's nice when you're voted on by your peers and you come out on top, it's a nice feeling."
The new major schedule
"We're all creatures of habit and it felt very bunched together for quite a lot of us, but it's the way it is. We don't make the schedules and we are told where to play, so you have to be ready to play.
"I thought it worked well. I think people still had enough time to get ready for each big event. It keeps people a little bit more interested, particularly on this side of the pond with the FedExCup ending a little earlier.
"It's an adjustment for everyone, but I think by the time next year comes around I don't think you'll hear too much discussion about the schedule anymore."