Rory McIlroy Says He Will Win The Masters

The Masters - Final Round

Golf Channel“Look, it’ll happen. I truly believe it’ll happen,” McIlroy said. “I play that golf course well enough. I’ve five top-10s in a row, I’ve given myself a chance. It didn’t quite work out. But just, the more I keep putting myself in those positions, sooner or later it’s going to happen for me.” 

McIlroy started the day three shots behind Reed, but he never challenged once the pair hit the second nine as Reed beat Rickie Fowler by a shot while McIlroy fell into a tie for fifth, six shots off the pace.

“I got onto that first tee, and I was quite nervous. Even though I was three behind, I still felt like there was a little bit of pressure there for some reason,” McIlroy told CNN’s Shane O’Donoghue. “I just couldn’t get into my rhythm like I could the first three days.”

Rory’s last five finishes at Augusta.

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Will Rory McIlroy win the Masters? You’d really have to think so but then again, getting closer and closer and continuing to come up short only makes it harder and harder. The thing’s tougher mentally for him to win today than it was in 2011 in my opinion. Failing after being so close just engrains those demons. It builds the pressure. It deepens those scars. The narrative slowly shifts from “when” Rory will win the Masters to “ehhhh, can he” win the Masters? Factor in that it’s the last one he still needs to complete the career grand slam and it only gets tougher.

He’s clearly quite capable of winning the Masters. He should win the Masters. But you can’t help but wonder every Sunday going forward at Augusta, every imperfect shot he hits, how quickly these thoughts creep in. How much confidence he loses. How quickly he loses it. How loud that question of “do I actually have a problem on Sunday at Augusta” gets.

Jordan Spieth admitted that he’s had 12th hole demons ever since the 2016 collapse, but believes he got over that this year. Rory’s definitely knows he’s got final-round Augusta demons, but he also seems pretty confident he’ll get over it.

And there’s good reason to believe he’s right. Rory famously had “second-round jitters” that built into early 2014. He went on to win two majors and a WGC that year.

Just another fun Masters storyline to follow going forward. God that tournament is awesome.