Rory McIlroy putting final touches to his Augusta masterplan
Rory McIlroy will use his first appearance in the Arnold Palmer Invitational as his last competitive outing before attempting to complete the career Grand Slam in next month's Masters.
McIlroy missed the cut in the Honda Classic on his PGA Tour debut at the start of the month and then hit the headlines for throwing his three iron into a lake at Doral during the WGC-Cadillac Championship, where he went on to finish joint ninth.
The world number one spent part of last week practising at Augusta National as he looks to claim a first green jacket and join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in winning all four Major titles.
McIlroy revealed at the pre-tournament press conference at Bay Hill that he had been working hard on his game at home following an "unplanned" visit from coach Michael Bannon, saying: "I am feeling much better with my game than I was walking off Doral 10 days ago.
"I am excited in the direction it's going and to be here and try to get myself into contention."