Rory McIlroy should have no need for bouncebackability at Masters

Golfing greatness still awaits if Northern Irishman learns to erase what has gone before
• McIlroy reached the turn in 40, looking in danger of a halfway Masters exit

With meteoric rise comes great expectation. Nowhere more so than in the mind of the performer who has scaled such heights. The snap assertion in relation to what will ultimately, and unfortunately in so many ways for the sport, be a failed Rory McIlroy bid to complete a grand slam of major championships at the first attempt will relate to pressure. That is, the level of discussion around what victory at Augusta would have meant somehow skewed McIlroy’s focus before the 79th playing of the Masters.

The deduction would be an incorrect one. McIlroy himself has already been afforded plenty of scope to admit to the contrary.

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