Rory McIlroy in a ‘good place, for Masters bid after ‘breakthrough, last year

Rory McIlroy is in a ‘good place’ ahead of his bid to win the Masters at Augusta National this week, after a ‘breakthrough’ performance at the same event last year.

The Northern Irishman finished in a tie for fifth at Augusta National in 2020, his best ever Masters performance, and he is now looking to go one better.

McIlroy has been in fine form so far this year, winning twice on the PGA Tour, taking the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Workday Championship, and he is feeling confident ahead of the first major of the year.

“I feel like I'm in a good place,” McIlroy said. “I feel like my game is in a good place. I'm very comfortable with everything that I'm doing. So I'm really looking forward to getting down to Augusta and competing this week.”

McIlroy has been inspired by the achievements of his close friend, Scottie Scheffler, who won the Valero Texas Open last month. The 26-year-old American is making his Masters debut this year, and McIlroy is hoping to follow his lead.

“I think it's great to see Scottie do so well and it's definitely inspiring,” McIlroy said. “It's nice to see a young guy go out there and win immediately on the PGA Tour. It gives you hope that if you can put it all together, you can have success.”

McIlroy will be hoping to emulate the achievements of legendary players such as Ben Hogan, who won the Masters twice, and Gary Player, who won it three times.

“I want to be in that group of guys who have won multiple green jackets,” McIlroy said. “It's something I've been striving for since I first stepped foot on the property, and I'm closer than ever before.”

With McIlroy in a ‘good place’ and feeling inspired by Scheffler’s success, it could be time for him to make history at the Masters this week.