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April 10, 2013

Trying to be Tiger-proof

McIlroy rediscovers his game in time for Masters


McIlroy wasn’t happy with his game. Specifically, he wasn’t happy with his swing. So he canceled a humanitarian trip to Haiti last week and instead headed to San Antonio.

“I’ve gone through these sort of patches before where I haven’t played so well and the game feels quite far away,” said McIlroy, who committed yesterday to play in May’s Wells Fargo Championship at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club. “Then something clicks and all of a sudden it’s back again.

“When I don’t play my best, it’s when I get into bad habits in my golf swing. Whenever my golf swing is where I want it to be, that’s when I’ve produced results.”

So McIlroy isn’t blaming the equipment.

“I’m very comfortable with it,” he said.

He isn’t blaming his tooth, which he will have extracted in June.

“It’s better,” he said.

The Masters might not be a great place from which to bounce back for McIlroy, though. He was the third-round leader in 2011 before coming undone on Sunday with an 80. Last year, his weekend rounds of 77-76 dropped him to 40th-place finish.

McIlroy said he has forgotten about all that.

“The demons are gone,” he said. “They were gone as soon as I got off the 18th green. I have no ill memories of this place. I absolutely adore the golf course.”

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