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Rory McIlroy will be looking to become the sixth man in history to complete the career grand slam by winning the Masters.

McIlroy is in good form coming into Augusta National after a third-place finish at the WGC Matchplay last week.

Josh Antmann, host of the Sky Sports Golf Podcast, said: “I don’t think McIlroy has ever had a better opportunity than this year. He’s played brilliantly for a number of weeks and has noticeably taken a step up in his performances.”

While McIlroy has had some significant equipment changes to his driver and putter, Antmann is unconcerned: “McIlroy can adapt to new equipment quickly and I’m sure he’ll have things on the money before Thursday.”

There is no shortage of contenders for the title. Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm are the world number one and three respectively and have both been in sparkling form this year.

Rahm has won three times this year and is marginally behind Scheffler in the betting odds.

Antmann said: “Rahm’s run of results since the end of 2022 have been incredible. His consistency, grit and determination make him a huge danger at Augusta, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he wins.”

Tyrell Hatton looks set to be England’s best chance of challenging for a green jacket.

Antmann said: “I’ve been banging the drum for Tyrell Hatton for a while. He’s one of the best drivers in the world and on his day he’s fantastic on the greens.”

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May 2024