McIlroy searches for final piece of grand slam puzzle

Tue Apr 5, 2016 5:30pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy will do jigsaw puzzles to kill the time before the opening round at the Masters on Thursday, but finding the final piece to a career grand slam is upper-most on the Northern Irishman's mind.

"I have many different ways to pass my time," world number three McIlroy joked on Tuesday, as he pondered teeing off in the final threesome in the opening round at 2.01PM ET.

"We are working on another jigsaw puzzle and we brought Monopoly to the house that we're renting, so there's a lot of really fun stuff going on."

There will be no games come Thursday, however, when McIlroy will launch his bid to complete the rarest of golf feats.

Just five men have a complete set of four modern majors and if McIlroy can slip into a Green Jacket on Sunday he will add his name to that celebrated list that includes Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen.

The only men apart from McIlroy in the field this week with three legs of the grand slam are Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson.

"It's definitely a motivation, to be able to put your name alongside those five guys," said McIlroy. "I guess I haven't been in a situation where I've felt the pressure of it, really, because I haven't.

"I didn't have a real chance to win the golf tournament last year."   Continued...

Apr 5, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA;  Rory McIlroy answers questions during a Tuesday press conference for the 2016 Masters at Augusta National GC. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports