31 Mar '16, 10pm

Q&A: Rory readies for eighth Masters

Rory McIlroy’s first memory of the Masters was in 1996. He was three weeks shy of his seventh birthday and watched from home in Northern Ireland as Greg Norman blew a six-stroke lead on the final day and Nick Faldo carded a 67 to coast to a five-shot victory. Though McIlroy was rooting for Faldo, a fellow Brit, that day, there’s some irony in the fact that 15 years later he would endure his own epic collapse. Leading by four going into Sunday, McIlroy choked it all away with an 80 on that hot and humid afternoon in 2011. It seems preposterous to suggest that McIlroy won’t someday slip his arms into the Green Jacket -- his towering and (mostly) precise right-to-left ball flight and impeccable ball-striking are so suited for Augusta National. Give him four days of better-than-average short game to go with it, something he has certainly shown in his repertoire in collecting f...

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