Rory McIlroy’s recent victory at the Players Championship can propel him to a first Green Jacket at next week’s Masters, according to former Augusta runner-up Curtis Strange.
Northern Irishman McIlroy ended a run of near misses to win the prestigious Florida tournament by one stroke from American Jim Furyk – his first title for a year.
The 29-year-old former world number one is aiming for victory in the Masters to complete his set of majors, although he has not won one since the PGA Championship in 2014.
After five top-six finishes in succession on the PGA Tour this year, Strange said victory at Sawgrass would send McIlroy to Augusta brimming with confidence in his ability to finish.
“I think that was huge,” said Strange, twice a US Open champion who is working for broadcaster ESPN at the Masters.