Tiger Woods confident Rory McIlroy will complete career Grand Slam

Five-time Masters winner Tiger Woods says it's just a matter of when, not if, Rory McIlroy wins The Masters.

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Wed, 5 Apr 2023
Tiger Woods confident Rory McIlroy will complete career Grand Slam

It's been nearly a decade since Rory McIlroy won his last major, and nearly a decade of seeking the last piece of the major puzzle to cement himself as one of golf's greats.

So, as we enter the first major of 2023, there is much more on the line than just a win for McIlroy. Instead, the Northern Irishman is also looking to complete a career Grand Slam. 

Fifteen-time major winner and five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods, who has completed numerous career Grand Slams himself, is confident its just a matter of when, rather than if, McIlroy will complete the slam himself. 

McIlroy has come painstakingly close to achieving a Masters victory in the past. His best finish came last year when he finished runner-up to Scottie Scheffler, but he's also finished inside the top 10 on six other occasions and has only missed the cut twice.


"He will [win]. It's just a matter of time. Rory has the talent, he has the game, he has all the tools to win here. It's just a matter of time," Woods said during his press conference at Augusta on Tuesday. 

He added:

"It takes, I mean, a lot of things have to happen to win at this golf course. A lot of things have to go right and I think Rory has shown over the years that he's learned how to play this golf course and you just have to understand how to play it. And he's been there, last year he made a great run, put himself there. But I think that it's just a matter of time whether it's this year or next year or whenever it comes, he will get it done and he will have a career Grand Slam." 

This week, McIlroy is heading into The Masters with solid momentum, after finishing inside the top-10 in all four majors last year, notching three victories on the PGA Tour last season and already with one so far this season. He won the Hero Dubai Desert Classic in January and finished third two weeks ago at the World Golf Championship-Match Play. 

McIlroy will tee off Thursday for the first round of this year's career Grand Slam attempt alongside Tom Kim and Sam Burns at 6:48 p.m. BST. 

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