North Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has arrived at Augusta National with an eye on the Green Jacket, the only thing standing between him and the career Grand Slam. If he manages to clinch the title, McIlroy would join an elite club of just six golfers who have previously managed this amazing feat.
Meanwhile, speaking to Damon Hack at the Golf Channel, the 32-year old revealed that he has a trick up his sleeve this year in the form of a new golf ball.
“Friday [at the Valero Texas Open] was a good sort of litmus test for it. I just went back to a golf ball that’s a little more stable in the wind, a little less spin, so just getting to grips with that again was good. I’m excited about that, I think that’s going to be really good for me,” Rory said.
“Just patience, discipline, don’t make big numbers”
McIlroy, who has a full TaylorMade set-up throughout his bag, did not specifically tell which ball he will now use. However, the practice images hinted that it looks to still be a TaylorMade TP5x of some sort, perhaps a prior iteration or new prototype.
Apart from a new golf ball, the Holywood native McIlroy also has a new mindset on how best to compete at The Masters. “Just patience, discipline, don’t make big numbers,” he said of how to play himself into contention on Sunday. “It’s very, for me anyway, it feels like a very negative way to think, but it’s the way to play around this place. You don’t have to do anything spectacular.”
Lastly, he admitted to spending time with veteran golfer Tiger Woods at his home in Florida. FYI, the latter is set to make an unexpected comeback after suffering from serious injuries two years ago.
“He’s hitting it well. He’s chipping well. He’s sharp. It’s just the physical demand of getting around 72 holes here this week,” the North Irishman concluded.