Cape Town - Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, who has won the Masters
Tournament six times, is backing Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy to win his
first title at Augusta National on Sunday.
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Should McIlroy manage to win his first Masters title to go
along with his four other major title haul, he will become the sixth player to
complete a career Grand Slam along with Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gary Player, Ben
Hogan and Gene Sarazen.
And Nicklaus feels the 28-year-old is more than capable of
doing so. If form is something to go by, then McIlroy looks ready after
claiming an impressive victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill
In an interview carried by the Golf Channel, Nicklaus said
in his opinion McIlroy was driving the ball well and doing likewise with his
"I talked to him this weekend and saw a few things and
he is really swinging well, the best I've ever seen him swing," according
to Nicklaus. "He obviously putted very well at Bay Hill so he's going to
be tough to beat.
"If you picked anybody he'd be the number one to pick
and rightly so. He's probably playing better than anyone else."
Having already won the US Open (2011), The Open Championship
(2014) and the PGA Championship (2012, 2014) Nicklaus believes the Northern
Irishman has already won the three hardest majors.
"You play it [Augusta National] every year, you can
prepare for it easier, once you play the greens you should know them,"
added Nicklaus. "If you're not a long, high-ball player you can eliminate
half the field before you even start.
"No tournament is easy to win, don't misunderstand me,
but of the majors, a top player has a better shot here than any other