McIlroy targeting allusive US Masters win

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The event has the majority of golf's all-time greats on its roll of honour, with Jack Nicklaus a six-time Augusta victor and Tiger Woods claiming the Green Jacket four times, while a number of notable contenders will be looking to add their names to the list this week.

Since finishing 10 at The Masters past year, Johnson has won three tournaments, with the most recent triumph coming at the WGC-Mexico Championship in February.

"I think it made us a better organization", he said, although he refused to be drawn on whether the club erred in refusing to admit women members for so long.

The final threesome comprises England's Paul Casey, 2015 champion Jordan Spieth and fellow American Brooks Koepka, the victor of last year's US Open and PGA Championship. 'I just feel like I've improved a lot over the past 12, 14 months, said Woods, whose injury return was in its embryonic stages when he teed it up a year ago.

After his Players Championship win he reflected on his future, saying "I've started the second phase of my career". I hope I can win, but I know I need to work on so many things.

McIlroy has a top-six finish in each of the six stroke-play events he has played this year, including a win at the Players Championship, and credits his solid start to a new mental approach that focuses on meditation, juggling and mind training. If Rory is hitting the ball the way he is, and he putts good, he's tough to beat.

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"I put myself in with a chance of winning the last two majors of past year". Thankfully it all came together at The Players.

His victory at Sawgrass was arguably the most gutsy performance of his career and he has never been in better shape to finally get the monkey off his back at Augusta.

"That adds to the mystique of it and the fact that also the world's best players throughout history absolutely love coming back here and with this event and this week in particular that's what makes it a lot of fun".

Ireland's other representative at this year's event is Shane Lowry. His early season win in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship boosted him to his current level. But that's just being confident.

Patrons at the Masters can easily find themselves walking the course alongside a member but they will be hard-pressed to get any of those wearing Green Jackets to open up about one of the more exclusive clubs on the planet.