World number one golfer Bruce Koepka, whose closest challenger in the world rankings is Rory McIlroy has said he is not even a rival.
Koepka, pointed out that the Northern Irishman has not won a major since the American joined the PGA Tour in 2015.
“I’m not looking at anybody behind me. I’m number one in the world,” he said.
“I’ve got open road in front of me – I’m not looking in the rearview mirror, so I don’t see it as a rivalry.”
He added: “I’ve been out here for, what, five years. Rory hasn’t won a major since I’ve been on the PGA Tour.”
Koepka, 29, was speaking on the eve of the CJ Cup PGA Tour event which starts in South Korea on Thursday.
“You know if the fans do [call it a rivalry], then that’s on them and it could be fun,” added the world number one, who equalled McIlroy’s tally of four major wins by successfully defending his US PGA Championship in May.
McIlroy’s last major triumph came at the same event in 2014 “Look, I love Rory. He’s a great player and he’s fun to watch, but it’s just hard to believe there’s a rivalry in golf. I just don’t see it,” continued Koepka.
“He talked about trying to be the dominant player in the game and I thought: ‘He’s going to have to go through me first’,” said McIlroy after his East Lake triumph.
“If that’s both of our mentalities going forward, I think that’s good for the game.”
In addition to retaining the US PGA title, Koepka was also runner-up at the Masters and US Open and shared fourth place at the Open Championship, with McIlroy’s best major finish in 2019 an eighth place at the US PGA.