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Rory McIlroy will win Masters in 2018, predicts Sky Sports golf expert

Rory McIlroy is just one green jacket away from completing a historic career Grand Slam.

The Holywood golfer would be only the sixth player to win all four majors, following in the footsteps of legends Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

And according to Sky Sports commentator Ewen Murray, this could be the year McIlroy joins the list. In his preview of the 2018 golfing season, Murray tips McIlroy to finally come out on top at Augusta, where his best finish is currently fourth place in 2015, when he ended up six shots behind winner Jordan Spieth.

Spieth could complete his own career grand slam this season too. The only title he is missing is a PGA Championship success, although Murray doesn't reckon he'll complete his swoop this season. The former European Tour player, however, does tip Spieth to successfully defend his Open Championship title at Carnoustie.

And what about Tiger Woods? Well Murray reckons it could be a massive year for the former world number one. Back from a long lay-off due to injury, Woods can win the US Open at Shinnecock Hills, according to the commentator. But levelling up the Europe v USA stakes ahead of the Ryder Cup, Murray says, could be Justin Rose, who he tips to be suited to the Bellerive course that will host this year's PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy is due to make his long-awaited comeback from injury at this month's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (January 18-21) before also playing the Dubai Desert Classic. He is scheduled to feature in seven tournaments in the build-up to the Masters, which takes place from April 5-8.

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