Sunday, 20 August, 2017

McIlroy needs 'round of his life' to complete grand slam

Rory Mc Ilroy shot shows the crap you have to deal with when you're too good at golf Golf This was just cruel
Saul Franklin | 10 April, 2017, 02:34

McIlroy was determined to erase the memory of a costly stroke of bad luck on day two, when his approach to the 18th clattered into the pin and rebounded 20 yards off the green.

Indeed, the Irishman, a four-time major champion and looking for the Masters win to complete the career grand slam, was true to his word, producing an aggressive start to his third round, his par at the first hole representing an improvement on his first two rounds.

World number two Rory McIlroy was battling to remain in contention for a historic victory in the Masters during a rollercoaster third round at Augusta National.

McIlroy looked as though a sizzling score might be in the cards when he made a hot start to his third round, but he ultimately ended the day further back than where he started after a one-under-par 71 that he thought could have been a 67 if not for some wasted opportunities.

McIlroy had promised after round two not to be too tentative in his third round after caution cost him his shot at glory when playing in the lead pairing with Jordan Spieth at the same stage of the tournament 12 months ago. "There's times on this course where you take your medicine and try to just walk away with a par".

McIlroy's major titles include the 2011 US Open, 2014 British Open and the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship. "She was trying to pick me up and give me a good boost, which she did, and today was a good round to get myself kind of back to good form". My record over the past four years sort of reflects that in terms of being in the top 10.

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"It's just a stat", said the 25-year-old Belgian, who won four of his five matches at Hazeltine.

"I've shown myself many times after that I can contend and I truly feel I cannot only win one (major) but more than one".

"But I holed some good ones, I had a couple of pars when I needed to, I just didn't convert the chances I should have yesterday but every time I come back here I'm more and more comfortable". So you really have to focus on yourself and not worry too much about what everyone else is doing.

"I'm going to need something like that, if not lower, to have a chance", McIlroy said.

A birdie on the fifth was cancelled out by a bogey on the seventh, but Garcia then hit the green in two on the par-five eighth and two-putted for birdie.

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