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Rory sure to become the master, says Clarke

By Jonathan Bradley

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke says there is no doubt Rory McIlroy will one day capture a green jacket at the Masters and secure the career grand slam.

Only six men have ever won all four of golf's biggest prizes and McIlroy endured another disappointing weekend at Augusta as he looked to add his name to the exclusive list.

Entering Saturday in second place after a strong opening two rounds, the four-time Major winner fell away to finish in a tie for 10th on a course that has proven frustrating since his meltdown on the back nine in 2011.

Clarke says the title will come sooner rather than later however.

"Rory is Rory," said the 2011 Open champion, speaking as the Ryder Cup began its tour of Europe at Royal Portrush, venue for the 2019 Open Championship.

"You never know what you're going to get; he's got so much talent but he's going to win there.

"His game is too good not to. He'll win there soon.

"The golf course is perfect for him. It suits his high draw.

"He's got the game to do it, he could have or should have won there before, but I've no doubts that he will. Rory will be fine."


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