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Rory on the road to glory, says Nicklaus

 

Focused: Rory McIlroy plays a practice round at Augusta yesterday
Focused: Rory McIlroy plays a practice round at Augusta yesterday

By Phil Casey

Jack Nicklaus believes Rory McIlroy is the man to beat in the 83rd Masters as he seeks to complete the career grand slam with a victory at Augusta National.

A resurgent Tiger Woods, world number one Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson are among the favourites for the year's first major championship, which starts today.

But six-time Masters champion Nicklaus - the record 18-time major winner - agrees with the bookmakers who have installed McIlroy at the top of the market following his victory in the Players Championship at Sawgrass last month.

"I'd find it hard to pick one (winner) but Rory is playing terrific and would probably be number one," said Nicklaus.

"DJ, Tiger... you just go right down the list. Justin Rose is playing great and Tommy Fleetwood, no one is really talking about him but he's been playing great. Rickie (Fowler) has been close quite a few times. It's going to be exciting over the next four days."

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