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Rory McIlroy fancies his chances at Masters after ending drought

• Victory at Players stopped run of disappointing final rounds
• ‘I don’t play golf to answer... I play golf for myself’

Should Rory McIlroy dance to the tune of golf, his inconsistency would be worthy of ridicule. Instead, a player victim of criticism for failure to complete tournament wins from promising positions is now at the forefront of the betting for the first major of the year. McIlroy, as of Sunday the Players champion, smiled when assessing an Augusta National chance that has resonance in a consistent results scenario.

“I’ll just keep doing the same thing,” said McIlroy. “I feel like I’ve managed the first six weeks or six tournaments of the year very well, even with some noise around me, whether it is, ‘He can’t close, he can’t plays on Sundays’ blah, blah, blah. I’ve just got to do my thing, and if I go and I concentrate on me, control what I can do, good golf and good attitude takes care of the rest. If I go to Augusta with a similar golf game to what I have now and the attitude I’ve shown over the first few weeks of the year? I think I’ll have a great chance.”

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