McIlroy feeling confident ahead of latest career Grand Slam bid at Augusta

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Despite an untidy start and finish on Sunday, Rory McIlroy is feeling confident about his game as he begins to cast an eye towards the Masters at Augusta National.

It is now exactly one month before McIlroy tees it up at Augusta in his latest tilt at completing the career grand slam, but he is on track to arrive there in as good a run of form as he has ever had leading up to the first major of the year.

After a couple of quiet weeks, the Holywood star looked like he was trending in the right direction again after a runner-up finish at Bay Hill.

“It’s getting better. It’s getting better,” McIlroy stressed. “I feel like I figured out the driver a little bit more this week. Yeah, it’s getting there. I think still a couple of little things to tidy up and try to get more comfortable with.

“But with The Players, Match Play, and then the Masters, so two tournaments between now and then, that’s plenty of time to feel a bit more comfortable with where everything is.”

The four-time major winner teed off three shots shy of eventual winner Kurt Kitayama on Sunday and two opening bogeys and successive dropped shots towards the end of his round scuppered his hopes of a second Bay Hill gong but Rory was keen to take the positives knowing there is a bigger picture.

“I mean, yeah, look, I still wish I could have had a couple of shots back today. But I guess everyone would say the same thing. It’s one of those days and one of those courses where you’re going to rue missed opportunities and a couple of missed putts here and there.

“But, yeah, look, again, I need to take the positives from it, which there is a lot of, we’ve got a massive event next week, and try to bring that momentum into Sawgrass.

“Game’s rounding into form for the bulk of the season. So I’m, even though I didn’t get the win, I’m still pretty happy with how everything went this week.”

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