McIlroy: November Masters Could Help Me Win Green Jacket

He thinks that this year's tournament in November will carry less hype, which could help him finally slip into a Green Jacket

McIlroy: November Masters Could Help Me Win Green Jacket
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The World No.1 thinks that this year's tournament in November will carry less hype, which could help him finally slip into a Green Jacket

McIlroy: November Masters Could Help Me Win Green Jacket

Rory McIlroy has said that The Masters taking place in November could be what he needs to win the Green Jacket.

The four-time Major winner is only a victory at Augusta away to becoming the sixth man in history to win all four of golf's modern day Majors.

Each and every year since 2015, Rory has come into The Masters, the first Major in eight months, with the eyes of the world on him to see if he can finally claim that Green Jacket.

The pressure has ultimately been getting to him, as he is still yet to win there despite not finishing outside of the top 25 since 2012.

The World No.1 has played in 11 Masters tournaments and has missed just one cut, finishing outside of the top 25 once and he also has five top-10s there.

Many believe course is made for him with his supreme long game and ability to draw the ball, something that comes in handy when manoeuvring the ball through those gorgeous Georgia pines.

Does he have a Augusta monkey on his back? Possibly.

Will a November Masters help take some of the pressure off of him? Will playing a USPGA, US Open and Ryder Cup prior to the event help his cause? He thinks so.

"It will be a different feel," McIlroy told Michelle Wie on a Nike Instagram Live chat.

"Two of the majors will have already been played, hopefully the Ryder Cup's already been played.

"People will be in their routine and in the flow a little bit more.

"I always feel there's this bit of anticipation going into Augusta, the first big event of the year.

"There's all this hype. I don't think it will feel like that this year, it will feel different but it's something I'm looking forward to.

"It's going to be a different Masters this year but personally, maybe selfishly, that's what I need to get the jacket."

Related: McIlroy's 2011 Augusta National Meltdown

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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