McIlroy Cover : golfer depicted in a kilt as Michelangelo’s David for Golf Digest

McIlroy Cover : golfer depicted in a kilt as Michelangelo's David for Golf Digest

In the new Golf Digest cover story, Rory McIlroy talked strengths and vices, his new swing, life after the breakup and much more.

The Masters preview edition features the 25-year-old’s face on the statue of David, in a kilt, wearing a swanky watch and golf bag over his shoulder.

Currently at the top of his game, McIlroy told the magazine how he threw himself into his beloved sport after breaking off his engagement to tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki.

He said: “After [the break-up], I thought, ‘What else do I have in my life?’

“I have family and friends, but they’re always going to be there. What else?

“That’s when I decided, you know what, I’m just going to immerse myself in golf for a while.

“I spent more time at it, thought about it more, spent more time at the range and the gym. Because that’s all I had, and all I wanted to do.”

The Holywood man added: “I’ve come across enough successful people now to know that the best in whatever walk of life, they’re the ones who just work the hardest. I realised that if I want to be the best and fulfill my potential, I’m going to have to do the same thing.

“And for those who are lucky enough to be born with a gift and then choose to work the hardest – that’s the combination.”

McIlroy will this year try to accomplish something just five others have done – a career slam by winning in this year’s Masters at Augusta National.

But the superfit sporting star has admitted it will be tough.

He said: “A firm and fast Augusta or a typical US Open set-up is probably the most difficult test for me.

“It requires so much discipline and precision, and that’s something I’m still learning.

“I won a US Open, but it was much wetter than normal, and even Hoylake was soft for a links.

“So if Augusta is fiery, winning there would get me closer to being a complete player, because I don’t think I’m there yet.

“Now I want to win at golf all the time and I feel like I’ve developed a bit of a ruthless streak on the golf course.

“But I’ve no real ambition to be the best at anything else. If we’re playing cards, or pool, or whatever it is, I’d happily let someone win just to keep them happy.”