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McIlroy - My career not complete without Masters green jacket

SportBy Kevin Palmer
McIlroy targets Masters glory
McIlroy targets Masters glory

Rory McIlroy has admitted that he will not be satisfied with his golfing career until he gets a Masters green jacket on his back.

McIlroy appeared to be on course to win the Masters as he held a commanding leading heading into the final round in 2011, but a final day collapse cost him the chance of glory.

Four major titles have follow for McIlroy since that near miss in Augusta four years ago, but the Master title he craves has proved to be elusive and he is eager to put that right when the tournament gets under way next Thursday.

"If I was to look back as a 60-year-old at my career and had not won a green jacket I would be very disappointed," he told the BBC.

"It is the only one left and it is a course I feel I can do well at. I feel I could win multiple times, but getting that first one is the most important thing.

"Winning all four majors means you are a complete player. I can achieve something special."

Reflecting on his 2011 collapse, he suggests the experience has helped to give him the strength to win majors in the years since.

"If I had not had the whole unravelling, if I had just made a couple of bogeys coming down the stretch and lost by one, I would not have learned as much," he added.

"Luckily, it did not take me long to get into a position like that again when I was leading a major and I was able to get over the line quite comfortably.

"It was a huge learning curve for me and I needed it, and thankfully I have been able to move on to bigger and better things.

"Looking back on what happened in 2011, it doesn't seem as bad when you have four majors on your mantelpiece."