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Stressed out: Rory McIlroy, practicing at Augusta, admits he feels the pressure of Masters week

Stressed out: Rory McIlroy, practicing at Augusta, admits he feels the pressure of Masters week

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Stressed out: Rory McIlroy, practicing at Augusta, admits he feels the pressure of Masters week

Rory McIlroy has revealed he turns into a “complete p***k” during the Masters as he feels the strain of trying to complete the career grand slam.

McIlroy sets out at Augusta tomorrow needing to win the Masters to join Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Gary Player in having claimed all four major titles. Asked to name the first thing he thinks of when someone mentions the Masters, McIlroy responded: “Stressful.

“I am, ask anyone who knows me, a complete p***k in the week leading up to Augusta. But they understand and know that. It’s a stressful situation.”

McIlroy famously lost a four-shot lead in the final round in 2011 after collapsing to a closing 80 and knows limiting his mistakes is key to getting his hands on a green jacket.

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Since 2010, the 27-year-old has had more double bogeys or worse at Augusta than any other player under 50, a key factor in shooting a round of 77 or higher in six of his last seven starts.

“If I can make a three on (hole) four and a four on 11 every day this week, I think I’ll be okay,” the Holywood star joked in his pre-tournament press conference last night. “I think I played those holes nine over par last year.

“Around here, don’t take on too much. Actually I had a little conversation yesterday with Jack Nicklaus in Florida. That’s what he said. He said to me, ‘I took on too much a couple of times and it cost me a couple of green jackets.’ I’m like, ‘Well, you have six’.

“But he said it is a golf course that can tempt you. It can tempt you into doing a little bit too much.”

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt on the second hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt on the second hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: Danny Willett of England reacts on the first hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: Danny Willett of England reacts on the first hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07:  Danny Willett of England talks with caddie Jonathan Smart  before making a triple bogey on the first hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: Danny Willett of England talks with caddie Jonathan Smart before making a triple bogey on the first hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07:  Rickie Fowler of the United States reacts on the 13th green during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: Rickie Fowler of the United States reacts on the 13th green during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07:  Jason Day of Australia plays a shot out of a bunker on the 13th hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: Jason Day of Australia plays a shot out of a bunker on the 13th hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07:  Martin Kaymer of Germany reacts on the 18th green during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: Martin Kaymer of Germany reacts on the 18th green during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07:  Jordan Spieth of the United States plays his second shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: Jordan Spieth of the United States plays his second shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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 Rory McIlroy plays a shot from a greenside bunker on the second hole during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy plays a shot from a greenside bunker on the second hole during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06:  Charley Hoffman of the United States recats to his birdie on the 15th green during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06: Charley Hoffman of the United States recats to his birdie on the 15th green during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06:  Russell Knox of Scotland plays a shot on the second hole during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06: Russell Knox of Scotland plays a shot on the second hole during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Lee Westwood, of England, hits from a bunker on the 12th hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Lee Westwood, of England, hits from a bunker on the 12th hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06:  Fred Couples of the United States looks on from the 18th green during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06: Fred Couples of the United States looks on from the 18th green during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Charley Hoffman hits a shot on the 17th hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Charley Hoffman hits a shot on the 17th hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Shane Lowry of Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Shane Lowry of Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, reacts to a missed putt on the 14th hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, reacts to a missed putt on the 14th hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland putts on the first green during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland putts on the first green during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Jon Rahm of Spain stand on the first green during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Jon Rahm of Spain stand on the first green during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland skips his ball across the pond on the 16th hole during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland skips his ball across the pond on the 16th hole during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy reacts to his birdie putt attempt on the sixth green during a practice round at the Masters golf tournament, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Rory McIlroy reacts to his birdie putt attempt on the sixth green during a practice round at the Masters golf tournament, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 04:  Bernhard Langer of Germany crosses the Nelson bridge with caddie Terry Holt during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 04: Bernhard Langer of Germany crosses the Nelson bridge with caddie Terry Holt during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 04:  Rod Pampling of the United States plays a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 04: Rod Pampling of the United States plays a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 04:  Daniel Summerhays of the United States and his caddie Nickolas Jones walk during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 04: Daniel Summerhays of the United States and his caddie Nickolas Jones walk during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 03: Francesco Molinari of Italy and his caddie walk over the Hogan Bridge during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 03: Francesco Molinari of Italy and his caddie walk over the Hogan Bridge during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 03:  Jason Day of Australia,Yuta Ikeda of Japan and Sandy Lyle of  Scotland on the 16th hole during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 03: Jason Day of Australia,Yuta Ikeda of Japan and Sandy Lyle of Scotland on the 16th hole during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 03:  Danny Willett of England looks on during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 03: Danny Willett of England looks on during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 03:  Lee Warne, caddie for Alex Noren (not pictured), is seen during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 03: Lee Warne, caddie for Alex Noren (not pictured), is seen during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 03:  Thomas Pieters of Belgium pulls his putter from his bag during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 03: Thomas Pieters of Belgium pulls his putter from his bag during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 03:  Bernhard Langer of Germany putts as his caddie looks on during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 03: Bernhard Langer of Germany putts as his caddie looks on during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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