Rory McIlroy is a 25 year old Northern Irishman who’s carrying a lot of expectation on his shoulders. In the course of the past year, he has won two Majors – a significant feat for any golfer at any time in their career – and now there’s a growing belief among golf pundits that he will win the Masters at Augusta in April next year.
If he does, he’ll have achieved a career grand slam, something that most pro golfers can only dream about. That’s when a golfer wins all four of the modern golf majors – the Masters at Augusta, the US Open, The Open Championship (the British Golf open) and the PGA Championship – at some point during their career.
To complete his career grand slam, McIlroy only now needs to win at Augusta – and, ranked as number one player in the world right now, and with short priced odds of around 5/1 at betting sites like 32red, bet 365 and Paddy Power on him winning the Masters next April, it looks as though he could complete that career grand slam within the next six months.
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This year, we’ve seen McIlroy win The Open Championship in July at The Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, and the PGA Championship in August at Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky. His first Major win was at the US Open in 2011.
If McIlroy could win at Augusta he would be joining a very exclusive club of golfers who have won all four of the modern game’s Majors. They are: Gene Sarazen, Gary Player, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Woods is the only player who has come close to winning all four modern Majors in one season. He did win the four consecutively, but over two calendar years between 2001 and 2001. However, that’s still an incredible achievement and McIlroy has yet to win that fourth major, let alone get all four in one season or on a run.
And winning the 2015 Masters is still a big ‘if’ for Rory McIlroy, regardless of what the odds say. The course at Augusta is renowned for being the one where luck doesn’t really come into who wins. This is because the conditions are almost always ideal for play and all the top golfers know this course that really tests target golf like the back of their hands. And so far, the best that McIlroy has achieved there is coming in eighth at this year’s Masters.
Roll on April, and bring it on, Rory!