McIlroy in hunt for first Green Jacket

McIlroy in hunt for first Green Jacket

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy has admitted that picking up his first Green Jacket at next week's US Masters would "mean everything" to him.

The 23-year-old former world number one, who has struggled with form this season, says he's really focusing on trying to win more major championships.

"I'm halfway to the career Grand Slam and that's one of the pieces of the puzzle. The Open Championship is the other," McIlroy said.

"I feel like I'm at a stage now where, sure, I want to win other tournaments - but the majors are the focus."

I don't care if I miss 10 cuts in a row if I win a major a year.

Rory McIlroy

The Co Down star has previously topped both the world rankings and the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic, picking up US Open and US PGA Championship titles along the way.

But since his sponsorship switch to Nike, labelled "dangerous" by six-time major winner Nick Faldo, there have also been lows - including a first round defeat in the Match Play Championship and a mid-round walk-off at the Honda Classic.

"When people look back on a person's career, you don't say: 'Jack Nicklaus was so consistent'," McIlroy said.

"You could say he finished 19 times second in a major. But what you think about is the 18 majors he won. That's what people remember. People remember the wins."

His Nike stablemate and reigning world number one, Tiger Woods, will also be in the hunt for that Green Jacket though - his fifth Masters title on the back of three wins already this season.

The first US Masters practise round gets underway at Augusta National in Georgia on Monday.

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