Boarding card in hand, McIlroy ready to take flight

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By Steve Keating

(Reuters) - Scribbled on the back of an airline boarding card is the 2015 game plan for the world's best golfer, a top secret to-do list that Rory McIlroy has folded and securely tucked away in his wallet.

There are seven "little" goals to be ticked off, and if completed, that boarding pass would represent the ticket to one of the greatest golf seasons of all-time.

Although the 25-year-old Northern Irishman is hesitant to provide details, one can safely assume the Masters would feature at the top.

Only five men have a complete set of four majors on their resumes, and if McIlroy can slip into a green jacket next Sunday he will add his name to a celebrated list that includes Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen.

A second U.S. Open title in mid-June could also be high on McIlroy's agenda. A win at Augusta National and another at Chambers Bay in Washington state would see the world number one take ownership of all four majors at the same time - - a feat only accomplished by Woods in the modern era.

"Every year, I'm flying here (Abu Dhabi) ... and I write my goals down in the back of my boarding pass," McIlroy told reporters this year. "I put it in my wallet and I memorize them but I don't look at them until the end of the year."

Last season he targeted six victories worldwide and took four. But two of those successes came at the British Open and PGA Championship after tipping himself for one major win.

"I actually didn't achieve everything that I wanted to," summed up McIlroy. "But still a good year."   Continued...

Mar 20, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Rory McIlroy tees off on the 16th during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports