Cape Town - Rory McIlroy says you only have to be a solid putter - not a
great one - to win at Augusta.
The Northern Irishman was discussing his chances at Augusta
this year, and while he admits his putting - particularly from range - is not
his strongest suit at the moment, that shouldn't hurt him too much at the
"At Augusta you don't need to putt great, you need to
not waste any shots, no three putts, hole everything inside five feet,"
McIlroy told BBC Sport NI.
"I feel good about Augusta, I know the golf course so
McIlroy now finds himself down to 10th place in the world
rankings, with his last victory coming in September 2016, and while he managed
two top-three finishes in Europe at the start of the year, he has nothing other
than one top 20 to show for his three starts on the PGA Tour this year.
McIlroy has not been holing much from distance on the
greens, and has been spending time with his putting coach Phil Kenyon in an
attempt to improve what is considered the weakest part of his game.
Still, he's confident he can do enough to tame the Augusta
greens, and believes the rest of his game is good enough to carry him through.
"You don't need to hole every 15 footer that you look
at, you need to be efficient, just not to be wasteful," he added.
"Speed is import and lag putting, they are big keys and
I feel like I've started to get lot better at that, especially there because there
is a lot of break and a lot of different slopes but I think I have it figured
McIlroy remains desperate to win the Masters and become only
the sixth golfer in history to complete the career Grand Slam by winning all
"I feel like if I just play my game it will all happen
sometime soon hopefully - any week I tee it could be the week," he said.
"Winning is important and that's how I will be judged,
but right now it's about the journey and getting back there. I'm not that far
"Since I won the Open in 2014, the Masters is the
biggest event of the year.
"This will be my fourth go at it (achieving the Grand
Slam), I have had three top-10s in the last three years and I played well, but
just not played well enough."