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For Rory McIlroy has the green jacket no longer an obsession

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Golf McIlroy starts as favourite for the Masters in Augusta. He is the sixth golfer with a title at all four majors. And he is in form.

For Rory McIlroy has the green jacket no longer an obsession

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Rory McIlroy: ‘I don’t need majors to win to have a void in my life to fill epa-efe

Golf McIlroy starts as favourite for the Masters in Augusta. He is the sixth golfer with a title at all four majors. And he is in form.

For Rory McIlroy has the green jacket no longer an obsession

Frank Huiskamp

AmsterdamEr was a time that the title at the Masters was the only that still counted in the life of Rory McIlroy (29). An obsession, a frustration. That the him with all his talent, his hard work, on three of the four golfmajors was successful, but still but not on the famous course of Augusta. Two years ago, said the Northern Irishman that his career is not complete without the green jacket.

The new McIlroy is a lot calmer, more realistic, as it turned out the beginning of march during a press conference: Abraham Lincoln, lost for decades and several elections, ” he said. ‘And who was the president of the USA. So I still have some time.”

McIlroy (29) is in the form of his life and the absolute top favourite for the victory during the Masters, which started yesterday. If he is that old title wins, he will come in a select group of golfers that all four of the majors won: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Gary Player.

Rare form

‘I don’t need majors to win to have a void in my life to fill

Rory McIlroy

None of the players in the coming days performed so well in 2019 if McIlroy: seven toptienplekken on the PGA Tour, including one victory. According to golfdatawebsite 15th Club did just one golfer since 1980 that McIlroy ever after, and that was Tiger Woods in 2000.

That one victory this year, during the Players Championship in Sawgrass, was oh-so-important. Not per se, because that title is prestigious – it is often the fifth major ” – but because, despite his good form, the first title for McIlroy was in just twelve months.

He had the reputation received from a golfer who could not finish it. A golfer who on Sunday, when it came, his worst round played. Where he in the beginning of his career erratically between immense highs and deep troughs laveerde, he was now much more constant, but kept the titles. Thirteen of the fifteen titles on the PGA Tour and all thirteen victories on the European Tour he won for 2017. Also his four major victories: the US Open in 2011, the British Open in 2014, and the PGA Championship in 2012 and 2014.

The band of McIlroy with the Masters is always difficult. The best performance of the current number three in the world is a fourth place in 2015. However, he finished the last five editions consistently in the top ten.

Last year was a bad team with him in Augusta. He started the final round as the number two, three strokes of the eventual winner Patrick Reed. But after too many missed fairways and putts, and a round of 74 strokes, two over par, he finished at six strokes of Reed disappointing fifth.

Other setting

Now McIlroy is a different player and a different man, and he was in the run-up repeatedly to know. “It is maturity. It is a focus on my posture the last six, seven months, in particular my attitude towards golf. That I golf not let it determine who I am as a human being and to try to get the two to separate’, says McIlroy after his victory at the Players Championship in march.

He is also only 29, that realization seems to have McIlroy to be descended. The title at the Masters is no longer the obsession that he was. ‘I don’t need majors to win to have a void in my life to fill, ” he said in an interview with The Guardian. “If you win, you win. If not, then not. I think it just took me on this point. I would really like to win and go do my best. Indifference is not the right word, but it is not a burden for me now.’

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