Golf Australia - - MASTERS 2018 -

When Rory McIl­roy has won ma­jor cham­pi­onships he’s done it with a level of con­sis­tency from round-to-round that ei­ther blows the field away or keeps his nose just in front.

At Au­gusta, he is yet to find that level of con­sis­tency which will ul­ti­mately win him a green jacket and com­plete the ca­reer grand slam.

For ex­am­ple, his high­est and low­est scores at Au­gusta came in the same tour­na­ment. He opened his ac­count in 2011 with a 65 and ended it with an hor­ren­dous crash that led to an 80 on Sun­day af­ter­noon. In­ter­est­ingly he’s only shot in the 60s on five oc­ca­sions since.

McIl­roy, as the World No.12, has ev­ery right to be fea­tured among the con­tenders show­cased here but his record at Au­gusta is pretty poor in com­par­i­son.

He has cer­tainly un­der­achieved at the Masters. But with the chance to join Jack Nick­laus, Gray Player, Gene Sarazen, Ben Ho­gan and Tiger Woods as a ca­reer grand-slam­mer with a win at Au­gusta, McIl­roy has the chance to make his­tory and fi­nally bury the demons of that hor­ri­ble col­lapse seven years ago.

WHY HE CAN WIN: Rory ex­cels at ev­ery at­tribute re­quired to win at Au­gusta. From the tee, he’s pow­er­ful with a high ball-flight. This brings all the par-5s into close range. His iron play is phe­nom­e­nal and around the greens he has the touch of a mas­ter. Per­haps the only ques­tion mark that hov­ers over Rory is his abil­ity on the slick putting sur­faces.

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