McIlroy fine-tunes game ahead of Masters

TEXAS - With the season’s first major just around the corner Rory McIlroy figured that adding the Texas Open to his schedule would be the best way to help him polish his game.
McIlroy insists he is happy with form as he prepares for Valero Texas Open. Net photo
McIlroy insists he is happy with form as he prepares for Valero Texas Open. Net photo

TEXAS - With the season’s first major just around the corner Rory McIlroy figured that adding the Texas Open to his schedule would be the best way to help him polish his game.

“I feel like all the components of my game are there,” McIlroy said. “It is just a matter of putting it all together.”

McIlroy heads a strong international field in the Texas Open which will try to snap an American win streak on the PGA Tour which dates back to October 2012.

This marks the first time that the Texas Open will serve as the final Masters tune-up with the winner getting a free pass into Augusta.

Last Friday, the tournament got some added firepower when Northern Ireland’s McIlroy decided to join the field which now features eight former major winners and four of the top 15 in the world.

“The big thing is course management,” McIlroy said. “Leaving my ball on the right side of the pins when I am going into the greens and if I miss the greens trying to get it up and down.

The strong field also includes Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, David Duval and defending champion Ben Curtis. McIlroy is in a group that also comprises Kuchar and 19-year-old American Jordan Spieth.

Kuchar comes into the week with a win and two other top ten finishes. Spieth has split his season between the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour but played well in Puerto Rico where he finished second.

This is the first time the Texas Open will be the final tune-up for The Masters which is being played a week later than last year.

Other notable groups include, Poulter-Schwartzel-Jim Furyk. This is the first trip to San Antonio for Poulter and Schwartzel, while Furyk is making his first appearance in nearly 20 years.

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