Rory Mcllroy set for Grand Slam success at Masters

Rian Noctor

The golf masters will take place this week from the 12th to the 15th November, 7 months later than originally planned.

The competition was postponed in April as the coronavirus pandemic hit but will now take place this weekend in Augusta, Georgia.

Just 19 months ago, as Tiger Woods was completing a major comeback, Rory McIlroy walked off the green in disappointment.

However this year, McIlroy is presented with his best opportunity to don the green jacket and complete the Grand Slam which has evaded him his whole career.

Speaking to the Golf Channel, 18 time champion Jack Nicklaus immediately pointed out that Mcllroy was the favourite, and it’s easy to see why.

Mcllroy is well known for his late season heroics, which include winning two FedExCups, two PGA Championships, and two (European Tour) DP World Tour Championships in Dubai. If history is to be believed,  Mcllroy will  reignite his typical late season form.

He will be hoping to expel his demons from 2011, where he held a 4 shot lead going into the final round. It ended with 80 in the final round and he finished in a tie for 15th place.

Another reason to be hopeful that McIlroy will slip on the green jacket on Masters Sunday, is the weather forecast expected in Augusta next week.

According to Weather Channel, temperatures for the 4 tournament days are expected to be between 21 degrees celsius and 26 degrees celsius. 

There was a fear that the cold temperatures would mean the ball would fly a shorter distance then it would in April, but that does not seem to be the case.

Where the longer hitters, like Mcllroy and Bryson Dechambeau will have an advantage is the soft conditions expected come next week.

Rain is expected to fall steadily from Monday to Friday, with thunderstorms expected on Wednesday and Friday.

The sub air system used on the greens means that they will be able to drain the moisture quickly. However, where the rain comes mostly into play is off the tee.

There is expected to be less roll on the ball, so it is expected to suit players who can average 320 yards+ off the tee.

Rory needs to dial in his approach play, which has hindered him so far this season. He also needs to continue his world class driving, and with this in mind, it could mean the Northern-Irishman is in for a special week.

McIlroy is not the only Irish contingent at Augusta this week. Shane Lowry looks to rediscover the form that saw him become a champion at Royal Portrush last year.

Graeme McDowell looks to improve on his abysmal record at the Masters. Young amateur James Sugrue also gets the chance to  walk down Magnolia Lane. 

All 4 days of the Masters will be shown live on Sky Sports, from the 12th to the 15th of November.

Rian Noctor

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