The Loop

Is Rory seriously going to retire at 40?

Rory McIlroy was having a chat with the BBC, and they started to talk about his longevity in the sport. Here's what Rory had to say:

"I don't anticipate playing senior golf or Champions Tour golf. I used to think [I'd retire at] 40. That's still 14 years away. That's a longer career than most sports people have. I've already had nearly an 8-year-career… 25 years at this game should hopefully be enough to help me achieve what I want to."


Now before you despair over Rory not playing tournament golf, consider that he's merely eight years into what he plans to be a 25-year career. He's got another 17 to go -- which means he'll be 43 years old when he retires. And that's a long way off.

Between he and Lydia Ko (who said she'd retire at 30 to become a psychologist), it sounds like the current World Number Ones aren't interested in slowly leaving the game. Once they're done dominating, they could very well be done with professional tours for good.

Lucky for us, their 30th and 40th birthdays are many years away.

A link to the full BBC interview can be found here.