McIlroy revels in hole-in-one as he steps up Masters preparation


If Rory McIlroy's practice round was anything to go by, the world number three might just breakthrough at The Masters after hitting a hole-in-one.

The Augusta National crowd were treated to some McIlroy brilliance on Monday, when the four-time major champion aced the 16th hole.

Seeking to win his first green jacket in Georgia as he looks to complete a career grand slam - having finished fourth last year - McIlroy went on to beat Chris Wood 3 and 2 in their match ahead of Thursday's opening round.

"I don't think I have ever heard a roar that large in a practice round," the Northern Irishman said afterwards.

"It was great. It was a nice practice round and a bit of a highlight. And it ended the match as well.

"I played well. I feel like my game is in good shape. We both hit just one ball [off the tee]. It gets me into a nice mindset of this is how I'm going to play, so I'm going to try to do the same tomorrow, play 18 and a match with someone.

"I feel that's the best way for me to prepare. It's competitive. You're trying to shoot a score.

"The pins aren't in the spots where they are going to be at the weekend, but at the same time you still have to get the ball in the hole and hole putts that you feel a little bit of pressure on."