Rory McIlroy is looking forward to a Fall Masters.
Maybe it’s because 30-year-old McIlroy knows it could help him finish the career Grand Slam.
Last week, six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus told Golf Channel “Morning Drive” that the adjusted professional golf schedule, which now calls for the Masters to be played November 12-15, “will be in favor of Rory “because” he seems to play better in the fall, “said McIlroy.
“I have the impression that there is anticipation at Augusta, the first big event of the year. There’s all this hype, “McIlroy said in an appearance with Michelle Wie on Nike Golf’s Instagram Live stream on Sunday. “I don’t think it will feel like this this year. I think it will be a little different, which I look forward to.
“It will be another Master, and personally, selfishly, maybe that’s what I need to get the [green] jacket. “
McIlroy, quadruple major champion, was excluded on 11 trips to Augusta National. He had a 54-hole lead in 2011 before patenting 80 in the final round. However, his overall Masters record, even if he didn’t win, is solid, with McIlroy posting five top-10 finishes in his last six starts.
And as Nicklaus said, McIlroy also seems to be playing better in the second half. Nine of his 18 career PGA Tour victories were in August or later. Conversely, he won only three times on the Tour before April. Two of his major victories were won at the PGA Championship in August, and he also won FedExCup twice in September.
Oh, and don’t forget the Ryder Cup, in which McIlroy went 11-9-4 while helping Europe to four wins in five tries.
The revised schedule, which is subject to chance given the unknown nature of the coronavirus pandemic, places the Masters about a month after a busy stretch that includes the Tour Championship (Sept 4-7), US Open (17-20 September). and Ryder Cup (September 25-27).
“November is going to be different,” added McIlroy. ” It’s going to be cold. The course can play for a very long time. I mean, it’s been playing for a long time, but it could play for a very long time. Green vegetables may not be as fast as they usually are in April, depending on the humidity. Obviously, they can do whatever they want with the course with SubAir and everything, but I think it will be different as well. It’s the end of the year because two of the majors have already been played – hopefully the Ryder Cup has already been played. People may be a little bit in their routine and in their flow. “