McIlroy fancies Masters chances

Rory McIlroy has talked up his chances of winning the Masters and admits “anything less than a win would be disappointing” ahead of the Augusta major which starts on Thursday (McIlroy 19/2 – Masters outright).

The world number two has had a difficult 2013 so far, losing his number one status to a resurgent Tiger Woods and generally struggling for his best form.

However, McIlroy showed a big improvement when finishing second in last week’s Texas Open and now has set his sights on claiming his third major and first green jacket at the Masters.

“Anything less than a win would be disappointing,” the Northern Irishman said.

“Every time you come here you’re hoping to win that green jacket and every time you don’t it’s a chance missed.”

McIlroy will hope to emulate his first three rounds of 2011 when he famously led by four shots before a disastrous final-round of 80 meant he could only tie for 15th.

The 23-year-old struggled in Augusta 12 months ago, ending tied for 40th, but hopes to go much closer this year (4/6 – Top-10 Finish).

He added in a press conference on Tuesday: “If I’m here on Sunday and I’ve given it a good run you can’t be too disappointed but the ultimate goal is to get the green jacket.”

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