Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Woods eager to experience Masters 'rush'

Eagle eye Rory Mc Ilroy is approaching this week’s Honda Classic with confidence in his game Eagle eye Rory Mc Ilroy is approaching this week’s Honda Classic with confidence in his game
Kristopher Love | 22 February, 2018, 13:23

"I feel like (trying to win) is putting yourself under an very bad lot of pressure", McIlroy said at the Honda Classic on Wednesday.

The PGA Tour is really in full swing with the players finish up the swing out west and head south to Florida to start the southern stretch of tournaments heading toward Augusta in early April. I've been struggling for quite some time, probably near five years now. He does, however, have an outstanding record in the first major of the year. McIlroy needs to win the Masters to complete the career Grand Slam and make it a hat-trick of European wins.

Eight of the last 10 Masters champions have won a tournament in the six months prior to arriving at Augusta National, but speaking ahead of the Honda Classic, which starts in Florida on Thursday, McIlroy said he didn't think it was that important.

"I'm looking forward to April". And that part I'm going to have to learn. "As far as catch-up mode, no I don t feel like I am".

"I just missed the rush of competing for a Green Jacket", he said Wednesday of his injury-enforced absences.

"Feast or starvation - that's what my history's been here", McIlroy added. "It's a tough golf course". I'm happy to help you.

Woods counts four Masters titles among his 14 major championships, but he hasn t played at Augusta National since 2015.

Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy and Seamus Power are also in the field. - The last we saw of Tiger Woods at the Champions Course at PGA National Resort and Spa, he was walking gingerly to his auto after withdrawing after 13 holes in the final round of the 2014 Honda Classic due to back spasms. Woods insisted work between a short stay at the Genesis Open and this tournament - which is one of the few he has never won - focused on maintaining a theme rather than upheaval. But now playing tournament golf, I am starting to get into that flow again.

"I think as long as you know that your game is in good shape and you're happy with all aspects, because again, the margins between winning and losing are so fine". As I said, I'm looking forward to April, trying to get my game solid for April. I've talked to Mike a lot.

So while Nicklaus is still of the belief that a reduced-flight golf ball would solve many of these problems and has been told the USGA is getting closer on the issue, his own experience suggests many modern pros could speed things along by simply playing ready golf with the equipment already in use. I can't create the same angles that I used to be able to create naturally.