These latest comments by Rory McIlroy will delight fans

Rory McIlroy, 2023 WGC-Dell Match Play,(Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy, 2023 WGC-Dell Match Play,(Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images) /

With the 2023 Masters quickly approaching, these latest comments made by Rory McIlroy will leave his fans smiling. 

The first major of the year is right around ten days away now and that can only mean one thing, Augusta National beckons.

It’s right around this time of year every year when people start asking themselves ‘Is it finally Rory’s year?’. The Masters is the only major championship that has continued to allude McIlroy throughout his illustrious career thus far.

Every year McIlroy makes the trip to Augusta for the Masters as one of, if not the clear favorite, to don the famous Green Jacket, and every year he comes up just a bit short in his quest to complete the career ‘grand slam’.

Having previously won the PGA Championship twice, the U.S. Open, and the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in 2014, a win at the Masters would secure the Career Grand Slam for Rory McIlroy.

Only five players in the modern era have completed the Career Grand Slam, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods each did it three times while Ben Hogan, Gary Player, and Gene Sarazen all accomplished the feat once.

Rory McIlroy could become the sixth player to win the Career Grand Slam.

So as all eyes turn toward this year’s Masters and Rory McIlroy, it was encouraging to see him play well this past week at the last-ever WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event. 

The four-time major champion advanced through to the semi-finals in Austin, Texas, over the weekend before coming up just short to eventual runner-up Cameron Young. Rory then proceeded to beat world number one, Scottie Scheffler, in the third-place consolation match in the Northern Irishman’s final tune-up before Augusta.

Now his focus turns toward The Masters.

“Yeah, exactly, a little place in Augusta, Georgia. Day off tomorrow, I think. Rest, recover, refuel. But, yeah, I — you know, I’m going to maybe go up there for a day and mess around. I was already up there last week. Don’t think there’s any harm in going up again. So I’ll probably — hopefully maybe do that one day,” McIlroy responded when asked about his plans for the upcoming week.

Perhaps the best news for fans was his comments about the state of his game heading into the first major of 2023, however.

"“And yeah, practice. I don’t think anything is in, you know, real need of tons of practice. I think my game’s in really good shape, so just keep it ticking over and work on the shots that I need for Augusta National and away we go.”"

That will be music to the ears of fans who find themselves asking if this could finally be Rory McIlroy’s year to win the Masters.

Who knows, it just might be.

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The 2023 Masters Tournament gets underway on Thursday, April 6th.