McIlroy shares his secret to Augusta's greens

You don't need to putt well at the Masters, says McIlroy. 

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Wed, 28 Feb 2018
McIlroy shares his secret to Augusta's greens

Rory McIlroy has struggled with the putter in recent weeks, but the four-time major champion believes he knows what he has to do on the greens at the Masters.

Augusta is notorious for its tricky putting surfaces, which are lightening fast and undulating, but the 28-year-old is confident he can meet the challenge. 

"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 well."

"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 out."

McIlroy has been grinding with his putting coach Phil Kenyon in the lead-up to the Masters, as he looks to win for the first time since 2016.

The Northern Irishman would complete the Grand Slam by winning the first major of the year, becoming just the sixth player to achieve the feat.

"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 away.

"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."

McIlroy is not playing the WGC-Mexico Championship this week, but is teeing it up in the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship next week.