has rory mcilroy won the masters

But I think about the Masters the week before I play it, because that’s when I prepare for it.”, The notion that the Masters somehow represents McIlroy’s destiny, or a logical career step, is the next to be batted away.

Some things take a little longer than others.”. If I was just coming out here and going through the motions I would hate it, I’d want to do something else. Going back to his Tour Championship victory in August, McIlroy has played in 11 worldwide events and has 10 top-10s, including two victories. I never want to get to the point in this game where I’m not trying 100% at everything I do. “For all the difficulty Rory’s having in winning the Masters, let’s not forget it’s one time a year. “This will be as good a chance as any for Rory because of his length and accuracy off the tee.

Rory McIlroy is desperate to contend for his first win in almost a year at the ZOZO Championship in Los Angeles. McIlroy’s success at the Arnold Palmer Invitational two Sundays ago lifted a competitive burden – it was his first tournament success in 18 months – and reminded the world what this golfer at his best is like. It will all depend on how tidy his iron play is – and that putter needs to warm up a bit, because it’s been a bit cold since we came back.

Any time you don’t do something right is a learning opportunity and more than anywhere else in the world that we play, I feel like I have learned a lot of lessons at Augusta. It wasn’t always thus; in the past McIlroy has appeared mentally paralysed by the scale of a Masters triumph. We and our partners will store and/or access information on your device through the use of cookies and similar technologies, to display personalised ads and content, for ad and content measurement, audience insights and product development. Tarn Lane, “I like to work things out on my own, I feel like then I take ownership. McIlroy has stayed true to himself these past several months as victories eluded him. Since four British winners in a row from 1988, Nick Faldo in 1996 and Danny Willett 20 years later have been the only players from these shores to slip into the Green Jacket. Now, he refuses to apply undue pressure. “Time is still on Rory’s side, he’s not that old yet, and he’s never been in better shape, so I’m far from giving up hope.

2019 . If I want to figure something out I’ll do it, do it, do it until I get there.

“Purely for the fact he’s a world-class golfer and he has plenty more opportunities to come.”. Of McIlroy’s 18 career PGA Tour wins, 10 have come between July and November. I just want to give myself a chance.

I don’t mind seeing guys win a first one; I was really happy for Dustin Johnson, for example. Rory McIlroy is aware of the allegation but the rebuttal is firm. There was an episode to back up McIlroy’s point earlier this year. “Then when ultimately I do conquer or win something, I will 100% own it: ‘That was me, I know 100% what I’ve done and I know how to do it again.’ People have offered advice and I’ll take it or leave it but I’ll never seek it out. Now he has three Green Jackets. To enable Verizon Media and our partners to process your personal data select 'I agree', or select 'Manage settings' for more information and to manage your choices. Rory McIlroy has not won a major since August 2014 but his victory in this month’s Arnold Palmer Invitational was his first tournament win in 18 months. “That [winning] is what I want to do. His imminent challenge is to take an identical touch to Augusta National and the one major that has eluded him. The more you play it, the more you get comfortable not just on the course but as soon as you get inside the gates. It’s not like he can say, ‘Right, I’m going to use my best golf up on this week.’ He doesn’t have that choice, because that’s not how it works.

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It won’t consume him, it can’t consume him. McIlroy does not shy away from the absence of his name at the business end of the Masters since the catastrophic events which befell him on the Sunday back nine in 2011.

2 Arena Park, Nobody could ever take that away from you. Steve Carroll, by “We’ve now got a wealth of talent – Justin Rose has been close recently, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Wallace. “I don’t see that, because everyone else is in the same boat,” McIlroy says. “He went there as one of the best players in the world for a long time, as a major winner, he would play a practice round and Gary Player would come in and tell the media how well he was playing, how he just shot 64 and was going to win.”. “The closest was when I played in the last group on the third day with Jordan, 2016, that didn’t go as planned. McIlroy is happy to contradict further assumptions. At Augusta you make an effort.”.

To be on a pace of winning one per year is phenomenal. But he’s pretty tough in his mind, as well. Maybe I just portray more of a sense of happiness, I don’t know. “I went to the locker room and I nearly put my fist through a locker. Whoever plays the best will win.”, McIlroy’s caution can be linked in part to the story of Ernie Els, a player for whom a Green Jacket was supposedly an ideal fit. 2009: T20 at -2 (72-73-71-70)2010: MC (74-77)2011: T15 at -4 65-69-70-802012: T40 at +5 (71-69-77-76)2013: T25 at +2 (72-70-79-69)2014: T8 at even par (71-77-71-69)2015: 4th at -12 (71-71-68-66)2016: T10 at +1 (70-71-77-71)2017: T7 at -3 (72-73-71-69)2018: T5 at -9 (69-71-65-74)2019: T21 at -5 (73-71-71-68), by You can’t fake it there. If – and McIlroy is adamant it has to be if – he solves the Augusta conundrum it will be of his own volition. Let us know in the comments below, or you can tweet us. Just don’t dare suggest any link with destiny to the man himself. When falling short at the Dubai Desert Classic the 28‑year‑old’s visible level of dejection contradicted any sense of cosiness. My dad always used to say to me: ‘If it’s for you, it won’t go past you,’ and I hate that line because that’s not how it works. The world No 5 has not won since he captured the WGC - HSBC Champions in Shanghai last November and after failing to contend since golf returned in June following the Covid-19 shutdown, he knows it’s important to get those competitive juices flowing before he … “He will win it,” he tells NCG. “I would just love to put myself in a position where I can put into practice some of the things I feel I have learned. Rory McIlroy has not won a major since August 2014 but his victory in this month’s Arnold Palmer Invitational was his first tournament win in 18 months. I’ve never sought anyone out. I’d rather have been back in the box seat and seen what happened because to get in contention you have to be playing well. “Of course, there always is,” McIlroy says. I am very happy and, whether I win or lose, I go home and I have everything that I need but that doesn’t make me any less motivated to go out and win. There are other courses where you can kind of get by and be in contention; there you can’t, you have to be on with every aspect of your game. “I think that’s the worst thing to do,” he says.

“He has a game that’s very good for Augusta, but there are other factors – a bad draw, a bad bounce, an errant shot, not being quite on his game. Even just to get myself into that position, I feel like I’d handle that a lot better. Alex Perry, by And Dougherty, who finished in a tie for 33rd in his only Masters appearance in 2008, believes the move plays into McIlroy’s hands. “Listen, I’d love the Green Jacket in the closet, to go back every year and use the champions’ locker room, to host dinner as the champion. Rory McIlroy at the Masters. BMW PGA Championship win at Wentworth ... with what's happened over the last couple of months, and to come back and do this, it's fantastic. “We’re seeing a changing of the guard. Mitigating circumstances aren’t typically factored in when a wait for a major championship victory, falling short at the Dubai Desert Classic, the Arnold Palmer Invitational two Sundays ago. NCG info, by But while the first two will rumble on, when it comes to the four-time major champion completing his Grand Slam, Nick Dougherty is in no doubt that debate will be ended soon. Mitigating circumstances aren’t typically factored in when a wait for a major championship victory stretching back to August 2014 – and an inability to capture the Masters – are discussed.

And it isn’t just McIlroy that Dougherty believes can end that. To the dissenters, McIlroy has it too easy. He isn’t the type to pursue secrets of the Masters from former champions. It relates to a comfort level whereby an event so widely anticipated doesn’t have such a status in his mind as to prevent him from displaying the blissfully natural style which renders him such captivating viewing.

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