• Aiming to complete career grand slam at the Masters
• "I'm really happy with my game going into Augusta"
He was unable to find a win in either of his two matches on the final day of his defence of the WGC-Dell Matchplay Championship but Rory McIlroy insists he will he go to the Masters in just over a week’s time full of confidence.
World No.3 McIlroy lost by one hole to eventual winner Jason Day in the semi-finals before going down 3&2 to Rafael Cabrera-Bello in the consolation match at Austin Country Club.
However, the four-time major winner is adamant that the experience of being in contention for what would have been a 12th career PGA Tour title will stand him in good stead as he heads into the first major of the season at Augusta National.
“It’s very valuable,” said the Northern Irishman of his week’s work. “Feeling like you’re in contention is a great feeling and something you can’t really replicate in practise. So, the week has been very positive overall.
"I'm really happy with my game going into Augusta" - Rory McIlroy
“I wish I would have been able to get one more win under my belt but I’m really happy with my game going into Augusta.”
If McIlroy can find the winning touch in the Masters, he will become just the sixth player in the history of the game to complete the career grand slam. Paul McGinley, who captained him during the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, wouldn’t be surprised if he did following his impressive week’s work in Texas.
“He has certainly escalated in terms of his confidence and in terms of his putting with his right-over-left hand putting grip, and he has also eradicated a right-to-left shot that he had earlier in the week,” McGinley told Sky Sports.
“I think he’ll walk away very buoyed and looking forward to Augusta.”
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