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Rory McIlroy: I know it's time to deliver at Masters

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

By Brian Keogh

As he gets ready to tee up at Augusta today, Rory McIlroy insists he doesn't want his career to fizzle out before he's 30 - admitting it's time to "get a move on" in adding to his Major tally before time runs out.

The Holywood star turns 29 in four weeks' time and after going four years without a Major win, he feels the clock is ticking.

Set to begin his chase for a fifth Major and that elusive green jacket alongside Spain's Jon Rahm (23) and 2013 winner Adam Scott (37) today, McIlroy said that his ambition is to win more Majors and "just keep adding to the list".

The World No7, who tees off at 6.38pm UK time alongside Scott of Australia and Rahm, said: "I don't want to be the guy who fizzled out before he was 30 and not win another Major. I want to make the most of these years that I have.

"I want to put my name alongside the likes of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan.

"But I know I need to get a move on - I haven't won a Major in the last four years.

"If you look at the history books and look at the other guys that have been very successful, everyone sort of has them in a 10-year span.

"My first one was in 2011 so hopefully that 10-year span can go a little bit longer. I realise that this is the time that I need to start making hay and going for it."

McIlroy is attempting to become just the sixth player in the history of the modern game to win all four Majors, joining Gene Sarazen, Hogan, Gary Player, Nicklaus and Woods as one of the game's immortals.

Far from trying to deflect attention away from what would be a momentous achievement, he's happy to embrace the challenge, insisting: "You have to. You have to embrace it. You can't shy away from something that is staring right at you.

"I know if I achieve the career Grand Slam, it means joining a list of five guys, the best ever in this game which is so cool."

Asked what a Masters win would mean to him, he paused for a moment and said: "Everything?"

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