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The Masters 2014: McIlroy to fill Woods’ role

The current world number seven, Rory McIlroy believes that he can fill in Tiger Woods’ missing place in the Masters 2014 tournament after the American announced that he was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Four time Champion, Tiger Woods was hoping that this year would be the year he ends his 8 year wait for a Masters title, but he is now recovering from surgery that he had on a pinched nerve in his back. There was a hint that the world number one was set to miss the Masters 2014 as he was absent for his warm-up tournament, the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

McIlroy looks for first title in the Masters 2014

The Northern Irishman, Rory McIlroy is a 2 time major champion as he won his first major, the US Open in 2011 and grabbed the PGA Championships a year later; both times younger than Woods was when he won his first major. However, McIlroy is yet to win both the Masters and the Open Championship and he sees this year as his prime opportunity with Woods being absent. McIlroy will struggle to claim the Masters 2014 title as the world number two, Adam Scott will be confident that he will be able to defend his title.

Rory McIlroy, who will be one of the favourites for the Masters 2014, which begins on 7th April, commented on the sport at the moment, “Golf’s in a funny place at the minute. You are getting so many different winners and there are not as many guys dominating the sport like in the past with Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson. I’d like to establish myself as that sort of player and someone’s got to step up so I’m trying to be that person and it would be a great place to start next week.”

Author Daniel Foster.
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