McIlroy makes light of Masters nightmare
Rory McIlroy insists he is not haunted by what happened at last year's Masters - because he cannot remember that much about it.
The 22-year-old went from four ahead to 10 behind with a nightmare closing 80 last April, but gave his first answer to how much it affected him by winning the US Open by eight shots only two months later.
"To be honest it was such a blur. Everything went so quickly," said McIlroy as the countdown continued to the opening major of the season at Augusta National.
McIlroy practised on the course last week and his mind inevitably went back 11 months at the 10th, where his final-round drive had rebounded off a tree in between two of the lodges left of the fairway.
"I can't believe how close the cabins are - they are only 50 yards off the tee," he said, drawing laughter from a packed room of journalists.
"Look, it's great to be able to laugh about it now. I just had a quick glance on the way past walking down the middle of the fairway last week - and hopefully I'll do the same thing this week.
"Obviously the first time I played the back nine last week there are memories that come back and memories that you probably don't want.
"It's fine. I got that all out of the way, I'm looking forward to trying to put myself in contention to try and win this thing. I learned a lot. I think one of the things I learnt was that as a person and as a golfer I wasn't ready to win the Masters."
Now he thinks he is, although the task has become harder with Tiger Woods back to winning ways two weeks ago. Woods is four short of Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major wins, but has been on 14 since the 2008 US Open and won the last of his four Masters green jackets in 2005.
"I think it's great for the tournament and great for the game of golf that Tiger is back playing well," he added. "He creates excitement that no one else in the game can. A lot of people want to see him make history and it looks like he's back on track to maybe going and doing that."