Rory McIlroy feels urgency to win his 1st Masters

Rory McIlroy looks on the 18th hole during a playoff in the final round of The Honda Classic at PGA...

Rory McIlroy looks on the 18th hole during a playoff in the final round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa March 2, 2014 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images/AFP)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:48 PM ET

Rory McIlroy, at the ripe old age of 25, can already feel his Masters biological clock ticking somewhere deep in his psyche.

McIlroy, who hit the quarter-century pole just three days ago, has won a United States Open and a PGA Championship, but this is the tournament that is already trying his patience.

“I’d be disappointed if I ended my career and wasn’t able to go up and have breakfast in the champions’ locker room,” McIlroy says.

“The way I play golf, the way my game is, Augusta does set up well for me. And for me not to have a top-10 coming into my sixth Masters …”

He left that last statement hanging but there was no hiding the dissatisfaction bordering on disgust at himself. Opportunities such as the one he had in 2011, when he led by four shots going into the final round and then shot 80, don’t grow on trees.

“The person that I look at is Ernie Els,” McIlroy says. “He sees Trevor Immelman winning; he sees Charl Schwartzel win."


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