Rory McIlroy believes Brooks Koepka wasn't wrong in what he said about the Northern Irishman last week when it comes to winning major championships.
With McIlroy moving to World No.2 following his end-of-season flurry with victory at the Tour Championship to win his second career FedEx Cup, Koepka last week told AFP: "I've been out here for, what, five years. Rory hasn't won a major since I've been on the PGA Tour. So I just don't view it as a rivalry."
McIlroy was quizzed about the World No.1's comments while competing in the Japan Skins game with Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama and eventual winner Jason Day, and he admitted it was fair comment.
"I love Brooks, he's a great guy," said McIlroy, the World No.2. "Obviously super-competitive, like we all are. I can see where he's coming from."
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Currently Koepka and McIlroy each have four majors to their name, but the American has picked up all of his since 2017 as opposed to the Northern Irishman who last won a major in 2014.
"I think if you take what Brooks said out of context then it can become this big thing that it's become," said McIlroy.
"But Brooks and I are good, we're good friends."
Koepka, who recently underwent knee surgery, was last week forced out of defending The CJ Cup after his second round following more issues with his knee.
McIlroy finished tied second alongside Woods at the inaugural Japan Skins game on Monday and will now tee it up as favourite on Thursday in the first-ever ZOZO Championship on the PGA Tour.