Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Form McIlroy chasing history as 83rd Masters begins

Form McIlroy chasing history as 83rd Masters begins

Rory McIlroy has said he is using meditation and juggling to help prepare for the Masters, as he attempts to complete golf's grand slam of majors at Augusta National this week.

McIlroy, 29, will play the opening two rounds of the Masters alongside American Rickie Fowler and Australian Cameron Smith and could become just the sixth person to complete the career grand slam if he wins this week.

As with several other players who faced the media ahead of the first major of 2019, Rahm was keen to talk up his own chances, suggesting he could improve on last year's fourth-placed finish. 'There's so many different ways to do it and there's so many different things that you can do right, Rahm said. But by promoting women amateurs, the future stars of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, we'd like to think that that is something that's going to benefit them, as well, and I think that the LPGA would agree. It's tough to choose in a sport like golf, especially in this event. "I like to bet on myself", Rahm said.

"I just needed to not throw away a couple of shots, which I managed at the Tour Championship at East Lake". 'I'd find it hard to pick one (winner) but Rory is playing terrific and would probably be number one, ' Nicklaus told ESPN. "This is who I see right now playing the best and somebody who fits really well at this golf course".

"That's really good golf and it seems like his putting has been lot better".

Also expected to be firmly in the mix is Rory McIlroy in his quest to join an elite group of five players - Nicklaus, Woods, South Africa's Gary Player and Americans Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen - to win each of the majors on at least one occasion. And this year, that emphatically includes Woods, who carries not just the hope he had last year - in his first Masters since spinal fusion surgery - but real belief that he can claim a fifth green jacket. But with experience at a premium, multiple winners including Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson must always be judged a threat.

"You can have people show up out of nowhere and win".

"I don't think I've ever started a season this well", McIlroy, a victor of four majors with his most recent coming at the 2014 PGA Championship, was reported as saying by BBC Sport.

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