The 22-year-old is currently in Bermuda for the Grand Slam of Golf - a tournament that brings together the four major winners from the year in a 36-hole shoot-out.
The Northern Irishman shares the lead at the halfway stage with USPGA winner Keegan Bradley, as the pair carded four-under par 67s at the Port Royal Golf Course.
Open champion Darren Clarke is 10 shots behind after an opening 77, while Masters winner Charl Schwartzel laboured to a 74 and will have to shoot a low score on Wednesday to have any chance of catching the leaders.
It looks as though it will be a battle between McIlroy and Bradley for the title and the Holywood-born youngster is clearly looking to return to Bermuda next year with a different major on his CV.
"I had a great chance to win the Masters this year and didn't quite grab it," he said. "Charl played some great golf to shoot 66 and birdie the final four holes to win it, but I feel I've got some unfinished business there."