Pundits pulling for McIlroy’s latest Grand Slam bid

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Rory McIlroy makes the familiar drive up Magnolia Lane this week in search of an elusive Green Jacket at the Masters.

Only Augusta’s Major separates McIlroy from the most exclusive club in golf and he arrives in Georgia in great form to finally make the Butler Cabin ceremony on Sunday his own.

With conditions looking cold and wet from Friday, Augusta might just turn into a driver’s paradise, playing into McIlroy’s capable hands.

A firm fan favourite, McIlroy would be an extremely popular winner should he get the job done and Sky Sports’ pundits are certainly pulling for the Holywood star’s week to have a Hollywood ending.

Paul McGinley:

“I love where McIlroy is at with his putting and now things have settled down off the golf course, I think he’s riding a little bit of a wave going in.

“I think he is more prepared now than he has been over the last 10 years to win The Masters. His game is better shape and he’s a more complete player, physically and mentally, than he has been before.”

Nick Dougherty:

Like so many, I just want it to really badly happen. I just feel like as much as I root for a lot of players in the game, I love watching McIlroy play and I just feel like he has served his apprenticeship in trying to get into the Grand Slam club.

“He plays well on the golf course, he just hasn’t got the job done there yet. I think we’re seeing enough in his game and there have been some tweaks in recent times, so if he finds the putter at Augusta then the rest of the game looks like it is where it needs to be.”
Rich Beem:
“I’m probably in everyone’s corner when I say McIlroy. From what I saw at the Match Play there are certain things about his game that were so good and the No 1 of those was possibly his imagination and shots around the greens. That is exactly what you need around Augusta.”

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