McIlroy confident ahead of Masters
Rory McIlroy is not as worried about his own form heading towards the US Masters as closing rounds of 77 and 75 in the Honda Classic at the weekend might suggest.
After the promise of a 20th place finish on his debut at Augusta two years ago, McIlroy missed the cut last time but remains confident ahead of Augusta.
"I actually feel as if my game is in pretty good shape," he said. "The last couple of weeks haven't been exactly what I've wanted (he was a second round loser at the World Match Play a fortnight ago) but I feel like 75-80% of my game is really good."
He added: "It's just the other 20 I need to work on. I'm feeling pretty positive - I think I'm still working on the right things and just trying to make sure that my game is in the best possible shape for the April 7 when The Masters starts.
"I've been driving the ball great all year - I've got longer and I feel as if I'm hitting enough fairways.
"Sometimes I don't take advantage of that, maybe by playing the wrong shot at the wrong time or being a little bit too aggressive or whatever. It's just a matter of making the right decisions on the golf course."
McIlroy, keen to add to his two professional victories, believes he can learn a lot from the way his compatriot and Ryder Cup partner Graeme McDowell goes about things.
"I think his strategy is always very good, his course management, his decision-making, basically his whole thought process before golf shots, weighing up the different options.
"Sometimes I'm a little bit too instinctive and just go for the first shot that comes into my head or the first shot that I sort of see. With everything you have to trust yourself and rely on your own instincts, but there are times when a little bit of advice here and there doesn't hurt.
"I played a practice round with him last week and was having conversations about course management. I feel like if I could take a little bit of his game and sort of embed it into my game a little bit it would help."