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Rory McIlroy raring to go at Masters


Rory McIlroy has said he’s raring to go ahead of the 79th Masters tournament.

Arriving at Augusta National, McIlroy is aiming for his fifth major – his third in a row.

Feeling the pressure this time as he is four rounds away from becoming only the sixth player in history to complete a career grand slam.

“I’ve never been in a better position to contend at Augusta,” said the world No 1.

” My game is in good shape and I feel ready. I’ve got the experience of winning major championships, and I’m coming off the back of two wins last year.

“I couldn’t have put myself in a better place coming into this one. I’ve had really good preparation with my team in Florida, played a lot of golf and shot some good numbers.

“Now it’s a case of playing the course and being as comfortable as I can out there. I can’t wait for Thursday, to get out there and try and do what I’ve been thinking about for eight months.”

Much of the build-up to the Masters has centered around McIlroy’s grand slam bid, but the 25-year-old admitted he has been doing everything he can to avoid the hype.

“Everything will be analysed and re-analysed,” he added.

“I’ve been trying to get away from all the build-up, just concentrate on myself and create a kind of cocoon around myself. I’m at the golf course answering questions and it’s all business, but once I leave the course I’m trying to take my mind off it as much as I can.

“There’s a lot of guys in this field I’ve beaten before, and I can’t see why I can’t do that around here. It’s a matter of putting myself in that position, that’s all I’m trying to do.  If I can execute my game plan, that should give me the opportunity in a few days’ time to slip on a Green Jacket.”