19 putts for Rory around Augusta with new putter ahead of Masters

Ronan MacNamara
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Rory McIlroy (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Ronan MacNamara

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Rory McIlroy feels his game is in a good place heading to the Masters in two weeks time after playing 54 holes around Augusta National last week.

McIlroy was bagging a new shaft in his driver and has switched to a Scottie Cameron blade in a bid to regain the form he has produced on the greens over the last two years.

It would appear both clubs are working their magic and although it may be practice, McIlroy took just 19 putts in one of the practice rounds.

“Yeah, look, I had two good days,” McIlroy laughed. “We played 54 holes in two days and it was good. I was really happy with where my game was.

“It was sort of good to see that after struggling at The Players.”

Having cast his eye around Augusta ahead of the Easter weekend date, the four-time major champion weighed in with his thoughts on the lengthened par-5 13th hole.

“13, I think overall it’s a little like 11 in terms of the change. I think they made the tee shot easier because you don’t really have to do anything with the tee shot anymore.

“Just hit it sort of straight up the chute. The second shot, much more difficult. A little bit like 11. The second shot on 11 is much more difficult with how they’ve contoured the front of the green.

“I used to hit 8-iron from a flat lie into 13 and now I hit a 5-iron from the ball way above my feet. Just makes you think a little bit more about the second shot which I think is good.”

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