McIlroy pleased with Masters preparation

McIlroy is currently looking to clinch his fifth major and could become only the sixth player in history to complete a career grand slam. 

"I've never been in a better position to contend at Augusta," he told Sky Sports. "My game is in good shape and I feel ready. I’ve got the experience of winning major championships, and I’m coming off the back of two wins last year.

"I couldn’t have put myself in a better place coming into this one. I've had really good preparation with my team in Florida, played a lot of golf and shot some good numbers.

"Now it’s a case of playing the course and being as comfortable as I can out there. I can’t wait for Thursday, to get out there and try and do what I’ve been thinking about for eight months."

While a lot of the focus has been on McIlroy ahead of the first major of the season, the 25-year-old admitted that he hasn't been paying much attention to all the hype. 

Instead, he has decided to create a "cocoon" around himself and focus on his game. 

"Everything will be analysed and re-analysed," he said. "I've been trying to get away from all the build-up, just concentrate on myself and create a kind of cocoon around myself. I’m at the golf course answering questions and it’s all business, but once I leave the course I’m trying to take my mind off it as much as I can."

With all the preparation he has done, McIlroy did not hesitate in expressing his confidence towards winning the Masters and putting on the coveted Green Jacket. 

"There’s a lot of guys in this field I’ve beaten before, and I can’t see why I can’t do that around here," he said. "It’s a matter of putting myself in that position, that’s all I’m trying to do.  If I can execute my game plan, that should give me the opportunity in a few days’ time to slip on a Green Jacket."

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