McIlroy bids to join golf's greats at Masters

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2020 Masters Tournament 

Japan Golf Tour
European Tour  

Augusta National Golf Club 

Augusta, Georgia, USA
12-15 November 2020  
Rory McIlroy will be determined to emulate golf's greats by clinching the Masters title at Augusta National Golf Club this week. 
The Northern Irish superstar remains one of the best players in the world despite having won his last major championship in 2014. 
McIlroy is a four-time major winner having lifted the 2011 U.S Open, 2012 and 2014 Open Championship and 2014 PGA Championship.
The fifth-ranked player in the world is keen to become only the sixth golfer to achieve the career grand slam of all four major titles by clinching the Masters title.
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McIlroy would join golfing greats Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in an elite pantheon.
The 31-year-old's best performance at the Masters came in 2015 when he finished fourth behind Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and champion Jordan Spieth. 

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McIlroy won one competition during the 2019/20 PGA Tour which was the WGC-HSBC Championship. 
The Holywood-born golfer will be hoping to record his maiden victory in the 2020/21 PGA Tour by clinching the Masters title.
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McIlroy has disclosed that he recently travelled to Augusta for a scouting trip with this year's Masters Tournament looming. 
“A lot more Bermuda [grass] in the fairways and in the surrounds of the greens,” McIlroy said on ESPN. 
“The greens are exactly the same as they always are. But for the fairways, it just hasn't been cold enough for the Bermuda to die off.  That's going to make things very interesting around the greens. Chipping will be a lot trickier."
“[The fairways], instead of being thin it can be a little grainy or a thicker patch. But it was soft. There were a lot of mud balls and looks like some rain during the week so that can be an issue. It's just going to play very different. They haven't done anything to the golf course – it's just the way it's playing.”

Last five Masters Tournament winners:

2015 - Jordan Spieth - USA 
2016 - Danny Willett - England
2017 - Sergio Garcia - Spain
2018 - Patrick Reed - USA
2019 - Tiger Woods - USA 

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Published: 11/11/2020