’Don’t know how many more…’: Sad Woods reality as McIlroy opens up on Masters curse

World number two Rory McIlroy believes he has “all the ingredients” in place

to finally win the Masters, having picked up “scar tissue” from his past experiences at Augusta National.

The Northern Irishman, who has won every major except the Masters, has been putting in the hours at Augusta, having played 81 holes since arriving last Thursday.



And with his recent troubles with his driver now behind him, the 33-year-old is an a calm and confident mood

“I’m feeling as relaxed as I ever have coming in here. I feel like my game is in a pretty good place. I know the place just as about as well as anyone,” McIlroy said Tuesday.




“I’ve got all the ingredients to make the pie. It’s just putting all those ingredients in and setting the oven to the right temperature and letting it all sort of come to fruition.

“But I know that I’ve got everything there. It’s just a matter of putting it all together.” McIlroy has had his share of pain, as well as promise, at American golf’s most iconic venue and memories of his 2011 final-round meltdown linger.




Then 21-years-old, McIlroy went into the final round with a four-shot lead but ended it 10 strokes back after a nightmare on the back nine that saw him triple bogey the 10th hole, where he ended up in the grounds of the adjacent cabins.

Last year, he struggled in the opening two rounds but then came within a stroke of the course record with a brilliant round of 64 that earned him second place behind winner Scottie Scheffler.

McIlroy says the highs and lows have all contributed to his evolution as a player at Augusta.

“You have to learn from those challenges and learn from some of that scar tissue that’s built up,” he said.


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