Rory McIlroy refused to get carried away about his prospects of profitable the Masters regardless of being properly positioned heading into the weekend at Augusta Nationwide.
McIlroy, who must win a inexperienced jacket to turn out to be simply the sixth participant to finish the profession grand slam, added a 71 to his opening 69 in testing windy situations to complete 4 beneath par alongside 2015 champion Jordan Spieth.
“I was one over for the front nine so to shoot two under on the back nine, I would have taken that on the 10th tee,” McIlroy mentioned. “However the best way I performed I hit some good photographs and gave myself putts for birdies.
“It felt like I left a couple out there on 17 and 18 so I could have shot something in the 60s, but overall (I’m) pretty pleased with how I played.”
All 4 of McIlroy’s main wins to this point have been achieved after being within the prime 5 after the primary spherical, a statistic the 28-year-old was not conscious of.
“I think once you get yourself up there, you’re playing well enough after day one that if you continue that good play, you should be up there for the rest of the tournament,” mentioned McIlroy, who was tied for fourth on Thursday.
“I’ve all the time felt comfy being up across the lead. It is a spot that I am fortunately fairly acquainted with and know tips on how to cope with.
“I really feel relaxed. I really feel good. I am continually having a dialog with myself about staying within the current and only one shot at a time and all of the cliche stuff that you just hear about. But it surely’s true.
“That is all I am doing. I am attempting to rise up there and hit the perfect shot that I can, and after that I will go about what’s one of the best ways to hit the subsequent shot and the putt.
“I really feel like I haven’t got to swing my finest to play my finest golf, but when I can assume the best way I am considering proper now and keep in that mindset, that is once I’ve been capable of produce my finest outcomes.”