Tacoma (USA): Rory McIlroy said on Tuesday that, like basketball star LeBron James, he believes he is the best in the world at his sport and that is how he will approach today's opening round in the US Open.
With Tiger Woods continuing to struggle badly with his form, McIlroy is the superstar in the 156-strong field, at the same time as James is inspiring the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
Asked what he thought about comments from James that he was currently the No 1 basketball player in the world, McIlroy said he felt an affinity. "I think when LeBron talks about that, that's not confidence, that's a fact, I guess, when you look at how he's carried his team in these finals.
So if you look at the numbers, you can really see he is the best player in the world. And I guess for me I feel the same way, when I look at the world rankings and I see my name up at the top.
If you look back at the last four or five years, I guess I've won more majors than anyone else in that time period. So do I feel like the best player in the world? Yes. And obviously I want to go out every week and try to back that up and show that."