05 Apr '14, 7am

"I'm about 80 percent of where I want to be." – Rory McIlroy.

"I'm about 80 percent of where I want to be." – Rory McIlroy.

HUMBLE, TEXAS -- Ask any bookmaker and he'll tell you Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win next week's Masters. That's understandable. In the last three years, the young Ulsterman has won two major titles by wide margins, the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 PGA Championship. At his best, McIlroy is the best, albeit he has slipped to No. 7 in the World Ranking. That high level of performance, however, was only glimpsed occasionally during the second round of the Shell Houston Open. While McIlroy's good shots were their usual exceptional selves -- he outdrove playing partner Luke Donald by a yawning 66 yards on the par-4 fourth hole at the Golf Club of Houston on Friday -- there were also moments of uncertainty en route to a 71 that left him nine shots off the early pace set by Sergio Garcia. "I left a couple out there," McIlory admitted. "I was three under par through 10 holes w...

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