• Rory looks to add final puzzle

    Rory McIlroy
    Rory McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy will hope to complete the puzzle by adding the only missing Major title to his trophy cabinet this week – the Masters.

    The Northern Irishman has come a long way from the young Augusta National contender from 2011 to one of the biggest names in the modern game.

    McIlroy has won the US Open, two PGA Championships and the Open Championship so far, but will seal his name as a golfing great should he don the Green Jacket on Sunday.

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    The former world No 1, though, goes into Thursday’s start quite relaxed and focused on the job at hand – not too bothered that the famous galleries at Washington Road will be empty this year.

    ‘I don’t mind this, I’ve always liked doing my own thing as low key as possible. Feels as if everything this year is more subdued and more relaxed,’ McIlroy said on Wednesday.

    ‘I grew up as an only child playing golf, so the whole world revolved around me for a long time but now it doesn’t. It revolves around this little person that came into our world a few weeks ago and it’s a nice change of pace.

    ‘I think you need a selfish player to be good at this game and a little bit of selflessness probably isn’t a bad thing for me.’

    McIlroy believes the only way to succeed at golf is to work through and overcome the bad experiences he’s had in the past as a golfer, something he feels has shaped him into the player he is today.

    ‘I think my grits came from my failures, don’t have to look any further than this place in 2011. I learned a lot from that day, I learned a lot from what I needed to be. I try to say this to young guys that are coming through that you have to embrace the fact that you are going to fail at things, but you should learn from them.

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    ‘I have had a nice bit of success in this game but I have failed a lot more than I have succeeded and that’s why I succeed because I went through tough patches,’ he added.

    McIlroy will battle current world No 1 Dustin Johnson and Patrick Cantlay in one of the featured groups for the opening two rounds.

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