“Incredible” McIlroy ready to thwart the maestros at The Masters
At this time last year no one would have believed a tousle-haired youngster from Northern Ireland would be the favorite to win The Masters in 2012.
Well, look how the tides have changed, as not only is Rory McIlroy expected to retain his World No.1 title, but the hot favorite to win the tournament.
Golf’s legend in the making, Phil Mickelson believes Rory McIlroy has the talent and potential to go on and win multiple Masters despite his age factor. Golf is usually considered a sport for experienced hands, but at the age of 22 years McIlroy has shown maturity past his years.
“I think that he's an incredible player. That you could tell when he first came out,” said Mickelson.
Mickelson, who has won the Augusta National title three times himself, praised McIlroy’s fearless playing style.
“I think, like everybody here, you can see his talent and his ability. He plays without fear, which is a great way to play.
“When you get soft conditions like at the US Open he's going to light it up - and I think that he's going to continue his great play.
“If he ends up learning this golf course I think he's going to win here a number of times.”
Jack Nicklaus, who is one of the celebrities to participate in the ceremonial opening drives at the Masters this year, has the most green jackets with six. Nicklaus is being followed by Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer, who posses four jackets each. Mickelson trails the pair with three but could join them if he wins this weekend.
“It's my favorite week of the year and I just enjoy every minute of it,” Mickelson said.
Mickelson’s performance at the Masters has been impressive in the past. This is the same event where Mickelson finally ended his long hunt for a first major in 2004. Mickelson often states that after that victory he has not felt pressure in the game, just the excitement of it.
“Every time this week came around I was excited to get my game geared up, to try and build off of that first win already knowing that I'm going to be a part of this tournament every year.”