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Rory plays it cool in search of Masters

By Frank Brownlow

Rory McIlroy is confident a new low-key build-up to his Masters bid will pay off. McIlroy goes to Augusta this week relatively under the radar and has already opted out of Wednesday's high profile pro-am ahead of Thursday's opening round.

"I'm going in there with the same objective, same mindset and trying to achieve the same thing," said the 26-year-old Ulsterman who would complete the career Grand Slam by winning at Augusta.

"I don't think it makes much of a difference at all, whether I'm going in there and being talked about or if I'm not, because I'm still feeling the same things that I'm thinking about.

"Maybe I'm putting pressure on myself, but I know what it would mean to me and what it would mean to my career.

"I feel like I've improved each and every year at Augusta. I don't feel like anyone needs to tell me how to play the course. I feel like I've been there enough to know that. I know what I need to do to win at Augusta. I know what the game plan is.

"I'm very positive and optimistic because over the years I've improved my performance there."

Former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam, 1991 Masters champion, feels McIlroy is about to make his Augusta breakthrough.

"Let's hope he's on at the Masters. If he's having one of those weeks, he'll walk it," he said.

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