If McIlroy manages to win this weekend’s Masters at Augusta National, he would be one of only six golfers to have managed this amazing feat. The 32-year old Irishman revealed to Golf Channel’s Damon Hack: "Friday [at the Valero Texas Open] was a good sort of litmus test for it.
I just went back to a golf ball that's a little more stable in the wind, a little less spin, so just getting to grips with that again was good. I'm excited about that, I think that's going to be really good for me." One of the tricks up his sleeve for this weekend seems to be new golf balls.
According to those in the know, McIlroy has a full TaylorMade set-up in his bag, including the TP5x golf ball. Which ball will he choose? From his practice rounds, he seems to still be using a TaylorMade TP5x of some sort.
As well as a new golf ball, McIlroy has a new mindset and game plan for competing at Augusta National this weekend: "Just patience, discipline, don't make big numbers," he said of how to play himself into contention on Sunday.
"It's very, for me anyway, it feels like a very negative way to think, but it's the way to play around this place. You don't have to do anything spectacular." McIlroy also admitted to spending time with Tiger Woods at his home in Florida.
He said: "He's hitting it well. He's chipping well. He's sharp. It's just the physical demand of getting around 72 holes here this week." McIlroy has recorded six top-10 finishes in his last eight appearances; including a career-high fourth place in 2015 - won by Jordan Spieth.
Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods all completed the Grand Slam at the first attempt, while Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus secured their place in golfing history at the third time of asking, with McIlroy's latest chance is his eighth attempt to join illustrious major company.