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"That's what I need to get the jacket" | McIlroy on a November Masters at Augusta


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Rory McIlroy believes a combination of factors at the rescheduled Masters at Augusta in November can play into his hands.

Speaking to Michelle Wie on an Instagram Live with Nike Golf, McIlroy said: "The Masters means so much.

"Obviously it's the last major for me to win but putting that aside, it is such a special place, so many great memories already.

"Any time you get to play at Augusta is a lot of fun.

"November is going to be different, very cold, the course could play very long. It plays long already but it can play very long. The greens may not be as fast as in April depending on the moisture."

Different feel

Whether the azaleas will bloom the same way in November is questionable, but Rory McIlroy says the course will play differently.

"I think it will be a different feel, it's at the back end of the year. Two of the majors 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."

The four-time major champion also said that he felt more pressure playing in the Ryder Cup rather than in majors and explained how playing in the team event helps him deal with scrutiny when contending in tournaments.

"You're not just playing for yourself, you're playing for your team-mates, you're playing for your country, you're playing for a lot of different people," McIlory added.

"Pressure at the Ryder Cup is different. I think if you look at people who have performed well in Ryder Cups before they went on to win majors, I think it's a good precursor.

"I think for us, that the Ryder Cup is the biggest and most intense atmosphere you can play under. If you can handle that, you can handle being in contention at the majors."


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