Published: 11:01 | 8/4/21

McIlroy looking at 'big picture'

Rory McIlroy says he is looking at the 'big picture' after enlisting the help of renowned coach Pete Cowen.

The Irishman, who is looking to complete a career grand slam of majors, has slipped to 12th in the world rankings and is without a tournament win since November 2019.

Although he would dearly have loved to win at Augusta, he insists that he is looking beyond that in terms of the benefits that Cowen can bring to his game.

"I'm obviously focused on this week but it's bigger than that," he said.

"I'm trying to see the big picture. It's a journey to try to get back to playing the game the way I know I can.

"I'm actually getting away from a lot of technical thoughts. I'm actually going the other way. I feel like I've simplified the whole process.

"There's been a lot of looking back to try to go forward instead of just saying, OK, this is where we are, this is the present, this is what you've got to work with, let's go forward from here.

"There's been a lot of, 'back in 2014 I did this or look at this'. That's a long time ago now and you can't change the past. It's not as if you can just magically delve back into it and bring it all back to life."

The 2021 Masters will be the 31-year-old's seventh attempt at completing the career grand slam and, despite what many may think actually has an excellent record at Augusta where he has recorded five top-ten finishes over the last six years.

"I've played a bunch of really good rounds on this golf course before, but just not four in a row," he said. 

"That's the challenge and, if I can do that and get my head in the right place and feel like my game's where it needs to be, then I've no doubt that I can put it all together."

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