I’ve emerged from slump in time for Masters, says McIlroy

TWO-TIME Major champion Rory McIlroy feels he has finally ironed out the problems that have blighted his year so far and says he has full confidence in his game ahead of this week’s Masters.

The 23-year-old finished second at the Valero Texas Open on Sunday, carding a final round 66.

His performance follows a poor period of form, which saw him withdraw from the Honda Classic last month and lose out in round one of the WGC Match Play Championships, whilst continually denying he was struggling with his new Nike clubs.

But, following his timely swing in fortune, the Northern Irishman is upbeat ahead of his attempt to win the green jacket.

“I feel like my game’s in really good shape,” said McIlroy. “It’s just about getting my short game as sharp as possible around there [Augusta]. Everything else is good.

“Iron play is good, driving the ball, I didn’t quite drive the ball that well on Sunday, but my three wood was working pretty good. All in all, it’s in a really good place.”

Former world No1 tennis star Caroline Wozniacki will caddy for McIlroy, her boyfriend, at tomorrow’s par three tournament, the annual pre-cursor to the Masters.

However, a notable absentee this week will be McIlroy’s compatriot Darren Clarke, who has withdrawn having failed to recover from a hamstring injury suffered on his recent holiday in the Bahamas.