Miami - Defending champion Rory McIlroy is
determined to get back to winning ways at the World Golf Championship Dell
Match Play this week, his final tune-up event before next month's Masters in
The Northern Irishman has suffered
fluctuating form this year, slipping to number three in the world rankings
after a Jekyll and Hyde performance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last
The 26-year-old shot 75-67-75-65 at the
Arnold Palmer, a frustrating inconsistency that McIlroy attributed to mental
chinks in his normally formidable armour.
"The good stuff is there, I just need
to eradicate the bad stuff," McIlroy said. "It's nothing to do with
me technically. It's more mental."
Speaking after arriving in Texas for this
week's event in Austin, McIlroy said he was anxious to get a victory under his
belt leading into the Masters.
"It is important. I've been saying all
along since the start of the year, I'd love to win before Augusta and this is
my last chance to do that," he told reporters.
"And seeing the guys that have won ...
everyone is running in good form. And they're all good champions, a few of them
are Masters champions.
"Everyone is playing well, and that's
really what you want to do. You want your game rounding into form and playing
to the best of your abilities this time of year."
McIlroy won a memorable victory at last
year's WGC Match Play when it was staged in San Francisco, and believes he is
not far off his best form as he prepares for this week's event at Austin
"I feel like I'm close. I haven't had
the confidence of getting a win this year, but I feel like it's close. And this
would obviously be a great week to get that win or at least get close to that
win, if I can get a few really good matches under my belt and progress to the
weekend and play some good golf, I feel that's all I need confidence-wise going
This week's tournament will feature an
unusual format, with 16 groups of four players contesting a round robin phase
before advancing to a knockout.
McIlroy was drawn to face Smylie Kaufman,
Kevin Na and Thorbjorn Olesen.
World number one Jordan Spieth meanwhile
was drawn against Justin Thomas, Victor Dubuisson of France and Welshman Jamie
Australia's Jason Day, riding high after
last weekend's victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, faces a tricky group
featuring England's Paul Casey, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and Northern
Ireland's Ryder Cup star Graeme McDowell.