McIl­roy tar­gets Mas­ters and Grand Slam in 2016

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PARIS: Af­ter an­other stel­lar sea­son, Rory McIl­roy says one of his pri­or­i­ties for 2016 is to win the Mas­ters at Au­gusta which would com­plete the North­ern Ir­ish­man’s Grand Slam set of win­ning all four ma­jors.

The 26-year-old put the fin­ish­ing touches on his 2015 cam­paign when he won the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day and also re­tained his Race to Dubai crown for a bumper pay­day of some $3.208 mil­lion (3.02m eu­ros).

It was a sea­son, in which the four-time ma­jor win­ner failed to de­fend both his Bri­tish Open and PGA Cham­pi­onship crowns, the for­mer af­ter dam­ag­ing an­kle lig­a­ments play­ing foot­ball with friends.

But it ul­ti­mately fin­ished on a high as he came back to over­haul English­man Andy Sul­li­van by one shot in Sun­day’s dra­matic fi­nal round in Dubai. He will now try to emu­late Gene Sarazen, Ben Ho­gan, Jack Nick­laus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods as the only play­ers to win the Mas­ters, US Open, Bri­tish Open and PGA Cham­pi­onship when Au­gusta hosts the golf­ing world from April 7-10.

“I think ev­ery time you go to Au­gusta, there’s a lot of hype. There was a lot of hype around my­self this year and Tiger (Woods) making a bit of a come­back,” McIl­roy said af­ter his Dubai suc­cess.

“Next year, the nar­ra­tive might be around three guys. My­self go­ing for the Grand Slam again. It’s al­ways go­ing to be there un­til I get to put a green jacket on my back. It’s ob­vi­ously the first real goal of the year to try and get ready for the Mas­ters and be in as good a shape as pos­si­ble go­ing in there.

“I felt like I dealt with ev­ery­thing really well this year. I played well and com­peted well. Some years 12 to 14-un­der, that could have been good enough to win, but Jor­dan (Spi­eth) ob­vi­ously just played much bet­ter than any­one else that week.

Ends sea­son on a high

With the 2015 sea­son suc­cess­fully wrapped up, McIl­roy says he is look­ing for­ward to a rest and then get­ting into top con­di­tion for the new sea­son. “I want to try and get healthy and get stronger again, get my body back, be­cause I haven’t beeen able to do as much in the gym as I would have liked over the past few months, so really con­cen­trate on that.

“I’ve got an eight week pe­riod where I don’t have to play golf. I don’t have to worry about be­ing sore, go­ing and play­ing a round of golf. So I really want to con­cen­trate on that. “I put a new driver and a new ball in the bag a few weeks ago, I think Tur­key was the first place and I’m really happy with that. I don’t really want to tin­ker much with my equip­ment go­ing for­ward. I’m really happy with what I have.

The for­mer world num­ber one, who trails Spi­eth and Aus­tralian Ja­son Day in the rank­ings, will now recharge his bat­ter­ies af­ter fin­ish­ing his sea­son in style. “I’m happy that this was my last event of the year and I’ve done really well and ended the sea­son on a high and happy to put the clubs away for a while.” he added.— AFP

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