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How much prize money has Rory McIlroy earned?

Rory McIlroy is one of the best-known players on the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour. With several major titles and Ryder Cup appearences, he has earned a fair share of prize money. But exactly how much has the Northern Irishman earned in his career to date?

This is how much Rory McIlroy has earned in prize money in his career

Since becoming a professional player back in September 2007 Rory Since turning professional in September 2007, Rory McIlroy has quickly become one of the top golfers on both the European and American Tours. With good finishes, he started to make the big money in 2009 with his victory at the Dubai Desert Classic on the DP World Tour (formerly European Tour) and his first PGA Tour title in 2010 at the Quail Hollow Championship. He followed his success with four major titles in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and increased his winner’s share to almost ten million in 2012 and 2014. After a few years with “only” smaller earnings, he won his first Tour Championship and the Players Championship in 2019, bringing his prize money for the year to a whopping 20 million, surpassed only by his 22′ prize money, which totals 40 million dollars. With his second FedExCup win and top finishes in all four major championships, McIlroy climbed back to the top of both tours and won the DP World Tour season standings.

Year Total Earnings
2007 $0
2009 $1,212,219
2010 $3,104,280
2011 $2,321,859
2012 $8,047,952
2013 $1,802,443
2014 $8,395,096
2015 $5,113,312
2016 $5,790,585
2017 $2,430,182
2018 $4,450,296
2019 $22,785,286
2020 $5,428,415
2021 $8,475,559
2022 $40,456,566
2023 $5,333,285

Rory McIlroy and the “Players Impact Program”

In addition to his tournament prize money, McIlroy collected a considerable sum from the “Players Impact Programme” introduced in 2021. A third place in 2021 earned him 3.5 million dollars, in 2022 a second place behind Tiger Woods earned him 12 million and in 2023 he received 15 million for his first place in the PGA Tours popularity rankings.

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Rory McIlroy: “My future is on the PGA Tour”

Rory McIlroy has been one of the absolute top stars on the PGA Tour for years. But recent rumors about a possible move to LIV Golf caused a stir in the golf world. According to a report by City AM, the four-time major winner was offered 850 million dollars (800 million euros) to join the Saudi Arabia-backed circuit. In an interview during the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, McIlroy cleared up the speculation and emphasized his clear decision to remain on the PGA Tour.

Rory McIlroy commits to the PGA Tour

“I honestly don’t know how rumors like this get started,” McIlroy told Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis. “I’ve never been made an offer from LIV and I’ve never seriously considered moving to LIV. I think I’ve made it clear over the last two years that I don’t see that happening for me. That doesn’t mean I’m judging those who have gone there.” McIlroy has been critical of the league since LIV Golf’s announcement and was surprised by the proposed merger with the PGA Tour last June. But although some of his peers, such as Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton, have made the move to LIV Golf, McIlroy remains steadfast in his decision to stay on the PGA Tour.

In a recent appearance on Gary Neville’s The Overlap, McIlroy called Rahm’s decision “a smart move”. But he clearly sees his own future on the PGA Tour: “I’m playing here today and next week I’ll be playing on the PGA Tour and I’ll be playing the PGA Tour for the rest of my career.” McIlroy’s solidification of his decision to stay on the PGA Tour comes at a time when his game and decisions are being closely watched. After McIlroy lost out again at Augusta and is still waiting for his career Grand Slam, the Northern Irishman will be back in action at the RBC Heritage. McIlroy will play the first two rounds with the Swede Ludvig Aberg, who finished a commanding second at the Masters.

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The Masters 2024: Rory McIlroy Scores 73 on Final Day

Rory McIlroy finishes The Masters 2024 with a round of 73 (+1). The 34-year-old leaves Augusta with an overall score of four over par. He narrowly misses out on a place among the top 20. He still has to wait for his career Grand Slam. McIlroy also failed to win The Masters at his 16th attempt and thus all four major tournaments. He has already won the US Open, the PGA Championship and the Open Championship.

Rory McIlroy Quotes After The Masters Tournament 2024

Question: Rory, can you give us your reflections on today and your Masters week?

Rory McIlroy: Yeah. I mean, I don’t really know what to say. Just sort of felt like my game was okay and managed it pretty well, but obviously Friday was a really tough day, and losing five shots sort of put me in a pretty difficult position going into the weekend.

Then the conditions were pretty tough. The greens are crusty and firm and hard to get the ball super close and hard to make a ton of birdies. Once you get seven or eight back going into the weekend here, it’s hard to make up that ground.

Question: Can you sum up your disappointment?

Rory McIlroy: I guess it’s more the same of what I’ve shown this year. It’s not as if it’s been a down week in comparison to the way I’ve been playing. It’s just a matter of me trying to get my game in a bit better shape going towards the rest of the season.

Question: Do you feel like you can get that confidence and momentum back with three majors coming up in quick succession?

Rory McIlroy: Yeah, I need to take a little bit of time and reflect on this week and what I did well, what I didn’t do so well, and sort of try to make a plan for the next few months, especially from here going through obviously the end of July. As you say, major season, they’re going to come thick and fast here, so hopefully get myself in a bit better form for those last three.

Question: Will you scale back a little bit?

Rory McIlroy: No, the next two weeks I’m playing Hilton Head, I’m playing New Orleans. I’ll take a week off, playing Quail Hollow, play the PGA, take another week off, then play another four in a row. Loving golf at the moment. Loving it.

Question: Do you feel like you’re close?

Rory McIlroy: Yeah, because all these disappointing weeks are 20ths, 25ths. They’re not terrible weeks by any stretch, but there’s a lot of room for improvement. I’m close in some ways, but then I feel quite far away in others. It’s a bit of a — once I get one thing, sort of put that to bed, then another thing pops up, and it’s just one of those at the minute.

Question: (On what’s missing in his game).

Rory McIlroy: Just a little bit of control, I think, with the ball-striking, especially in those sorts of winds. It really exposes any weaknesses that you may have. That Friday definitely exposed a few things. As the golf course changes here, you just have to be so precise, and I wasn’t quite precise enough this week.

Question: You’ve been on tears like Scottie is on. We talked about this at the API. What’s in his head right now?

Rory McIlroy: Nothing. Nothing. Not a lot of clutter. The game feels pretty easy when you’re in stretches like this. That’s the hard thing whenever you’re not quite in form. You are searching and you are thinking about it so much, but then when you are in form, you don’t think about it at all. So it’s trying to find that balance.

Question: We make a big deal about a first-timer hasn’t won here since 1979. When you look at Ludvig, does he strike you as a first-timer?

Rory McIlroy: No, I think he showed why at the Ryder Cup. I think every stage throughout his very, very young career, he’s shown that he belongs. Gets the win in Europe, plays the Ryder Cup, gets the win in the States, playing in his first Masters, contending on the back nine on Sunday. He’s sort of proven at every stage that he’s played at that he belongs.

Question: Michael Collins shared that at Bay Hill you had a bit of a longing for Bryson to be there, or at least you would see the value in Bryson being at Bay Hill. When you see what he does this week, a bit of an entertainment factor, does it reiterate the value of him and a few guys back into the pro golf world?

Rory McIlroy: Absolutely. The Masters stands alone in terms of every other golf tournament, but I think even in terms of the ratings the first two days on ESPN looked like they were up, which is a sign that when we’re all back together, then golf thrives. When we’re divided, it doesn’t. That’s just another example of why we should all try to put our heads together and get back together.

Question: When you talk about reassessing things, is there a way to measure when the time has come for that that’s almost analytical as opposed to emotional? How do you determine that?

Rory McIlroy: Yeah, probably not the right time to be analytical at the moment, but I think as well if you’re really going to make wholesale changes it’s hard to play a lot of golf and make them at the same time. I don’t feel like I need to make wholesale changes. That’s why I’m playing a lot. But if the time comes that I need to make wholesale changes with my golf swing and really try to reassess, it could be a six-month to a year process. Not saying I wouldn’t play any tournaments in that time, but the focus would be on the sort of technical side of things and really not result driven at all. I don’t think I’m there yet, but there may come a time where I need to address that and really go back to the drawing board.

But I think right now it’s little tweaks here and there and managing my game. I really feel like I can sort of play my way into form here over these next few weeks.

Question: (On what he did to his caddie.)

Rory McIlroy: No, I was very apologetic. I didn’t mean to do it. The club got stuck, and I just — anyways, he’s resilient. He’ll be all right.
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The Masters Tournament 2024 Live Blog: Rory McIlroy finishes Masters with solid 1-over 73

Rory McIlroy is one of this generation’s top golfers. The now 34 year old Northern Irishmen captured various PGA Tour titles and DP World Tour victories all while winning several Major Championships as well. But the Masters Tournament and its prestigious green jacket is still missing in McIlroy trophy collection. Previous to the Masters 2024 McIlroy changed his routines and plays the Valero Texas Open as a test run for Augusta National. He also misses out on the famous Par 3 Contest on Wednesday.

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Rory McIlroy – Carreer and Past Results

Rory McIlroy won his first professional event at the age of just 20, launching his great career on the DP World Tour (formerly known as European Tour). Two years later, he achieved his first major title when he captured the win at the US Open with 16 strokes under par, that is the best score ever achieved at this tournament so far. In March 2012, he became the second youngest number 1 in the world golf rankings of all time being just 22 years old, crowning this success with his second major at the PGA Championship in August of the same year.

McIlroy scored his third major title in 2014 with his victory at the Open Championship. In the same year, the Northern Irishman also achieved his fourth Major success when he won the PGA Championship for the second time. That means McIlroy is now only missing a Masters Tournament victory for the career grand slam. And is on a “major drought” for around ten years.

Away from the majors, Rory McIlroy also won the Players Championship, the flagship tournament of the PGA Tour, in 2019. In addition to his impressive performances at the season highlights on the Tour calendar, McIlroy has already secured overall victory in the PGA Tour’s annual rankings twice, winning the Tour Championship and the FedExCup in 2016 and 2019 respectively.

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The Masters Tournament 2024 Tee Times: Rory McIlroy’s Final Round

Rory McIlroy improved his score in the third round of The Masters with a round under par. But to win the Green Jacket, he would have to make up ten strokes on Scottie Scheffler. Can he accomplish that? He goes into the final round of The Masters 2024 together with Joaquin Niemann. Like McIlroy, the Argentinian is on two three over par.

The Masters Tournament 2024 Tee Times: Rory McIlroy alongside Joaquin Niemann

Rory McIlroy will start his final round at The Masters Tournament 2024 alongside Joaquin Niemann at 12:45 PM.

The Masters Tournament 2024: Tee Time Rory McIlroy Round 4

Tee Times The Masters 2024 Rory McIlroy
Tee Time Round 4 (Sunday) 12:45 PM (local time)

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Tee Times The Masters Tournament 2024 Round 4

Tee Tee Time Player 1 Player 2
1 9:15 Adam Hadwin Vijay Singh
1 9:25 Jake Knapp Grayson Murray
1 9:35 Neal Shipley (A) Tiger Woods
1 9:45 Tom Kim Denny McCarthy
1 9:55 Kurt Kitayama Thorbjørn Olesen
1 10:05 Erik van Rooyen Eric Cole
1 10:15 José María Olazábal Camilo Villegas
1 10:25 Russell Henley Jason Day
1 10:35 Keegan Bradley Min Woo Lee
1 10:45 Si Woo Kim J. T. Poston
1 11:05 Corey Conners Brooks Koepka
1 11:15 Phil Mickelson Shane Lowry
1 11:25 Taylor Moore Sahith Theegala
1 11:35 Akshay Bhatia Harris English
1 11:45 Jon Rahm Tony Finau
1 11:55 Hideki Matsuyama Luke List
1 12:05 Ryan Fox Rickie Fowler
1 12:25 Danny Willett Adam Scott
1 12:35 Will Zalatoris Tyrrell Hatton
1 12:45 Rory McIlroy Joaquín Niemann
1 12:55 Matthieu Pavon Sepp Straka
1 13:05 Matt Fitzpatrick Patrick Reed
1 13:15 Adam Schenk Chris Kirk
1 13:25 Patrick Cantlay Lucas Glover
1 13:45 Cameron Young Tommy Fleetwood
1 13:55 Byeong Hun An Cameron Smith
1 14:05 Cameron Davis Nicolai Højgaard
1 14:15 Bryson DeChambeau Xander Schauffele
1 14:25 Max Homa Ludvig Åberg
1 14:35 Scottie Scheffler Collin Morikawa
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The Masters 2024: Rory McIlroy Scores Under Par in Round 3

Rory McIlroy improved his score at The Masters 2024 to +3 with a round of 71. As in the first round, the 34-year-old remained one under par at Augusta National. After a 77 on Friday, however, the four-time major winner had already fallen a long way back. Read the interview to find out whether he is happy with his score and whether the golf course was easier to play today because there was less wind.

The Masters 2024: Rory McIlroy on His Score in round 3

Question: Are you happier today?

Rory McIlroy: Yeah, obviously conditions were a little easier than yesterday. Still tricky, though. Greens are firm. Some of the hole locations are really tough, especially some of the downwind holes with the pins at the front. Hard to get the ball close, and then you sort of just have to take your chances from 20, 25 feet. But definitely hit the ball better today, gave myself a lot of looks. Missed a few, but shooting something under par was a decent effort.

Question: Did you feel like you got a little bit more momentum going today?

Rory McIlroy: A little bit. It was hard to get any momentum yesterday just because of the conditions. So, yeah, it was nice to see — I think I made three birdies today compared to zero yesterday. So nice to see some red numbers on the card. Yeah, it was a little better.

Question: You crushed that ball off of 9. I don’t know if you’ve seen the video, but it was actually rolling around the people walking across the crossway.

Rory McIlroy: Yeah, I haven’t seen it yet. I hit it way further left than I thought I was going to. I thought I was going to catch these trees over here. It was so far downwind that I covered there. Yeah, I certainly didn’t expect the ball to be down there whenever I — I was looking somewhere in the left pinestraw. Just sort of shows the strength of the wind.

Question: We saw you back on the range still after your round last night. Is that still working on the technical things you’re working on?

Rory McIlroy: I just needed to get some rhythm. It was so start/stop yesterday, and I didn’t have any fluid in my golf swing because of that. I just wanted to got and try and find some rhythm last night.

I only hit 10, 15 minutes, but definitely felt better as well. As the wind is coming down you start getting out of sync. It was better to make some normal golf swings and hit some normal shots. Definitely hit it a bit better today. No, I mean, all I can do is come here and try my best. That’s what I do every time I show up. Some years it’s better than others. I’ve just got to keep showing up and try to do the right thing.

Question: When you played with Scottie on those first two days and he’s so unmoved by everything, so unflappable, is that difficult?

Rory McIlroy: No, not really. If anything, it’s good because, to have someone beside you that has a great attitude and sort of does everything the right way, it’s nice to try to feed off that.

Question: What you’re working on with your irons, you’ve seen progress this week to be ready as the summer rolls on with all these other big events coming up?

Rory McIlroy: I think so. I made good progress last week in San Antonio, my strokes gained numbers and approach were good. I thought my — I would say my strokes gained approach numbers today were probably pretty good. So it’s getting better. It’s definitely better than what it was through the Florida swing.

Question: You said you were going to try to be patient. How much has this been a test of patience this week?

Rory McIlroy: A lot. But it’s this tournament and this golf course and especially these conditions. That’s all you can be. You can’t really do anything else. You’ve got to try to have as much acceptance as possible and try to keep hitting good shots and move on.

Question: I think it’s currently 2-under on the par-5s this week. How much frustration you haven’t been able to take advantage of those a bit more?


Rory McIlroy: That’s okay. The par-5s have been playing difficult and into the wind. It’s been hard to go for the greens in two because of the conditions. Yeah, it’s probably not quite what I would have wanted, but it’s probably not too far off what everyone else is playing them in because they have been sort of difficult.

Question: What would a 15 handicap do around here?

Rory McIlroy: It’s hard because a 15 handicap usually doesn’t get the ball in the air far enough for the wind to affect it, but they would have struggled.

Question: What are you hoping to finish off with tomorrow?

Rory McIlroy: Just go out and finish on a positive note. Shoot a good round of golf and move on to Hilton Head next week in a good frame of mind, I guess.

Question: Thoughts on Hilton Head? What went into adding Hilton Head next week to your schedule? You weren’t committed until yesterday?

Rory McIlroy: I think I’m like 50th in the FedExCup. I need to get all the events under my belt as I can.

Question: You look at the top of the leaderboard much and pay attention to it?

Rory McIlroy: A little bit. Obviously Scottie’s got off to a great start. I’m excited to watch it.
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The Masters Tournament 2024: Rory McIlroy Struggles Against the Wind and Augusta

Rory McIlroy kept struggeling on day 2 at The Masters Tournament 2024. But in the windy conditions he was not the only one, with only eight players posting a round under par. Yet a round of 77 to follow his first round of 71 shots positions McIlroy only in the middle of the field on T35. Ten shots behind the leaders it doesn’t look likely that he will be able to fulfill his dream of a career grand slam, but McIlroy is well able to perform some golf magic.

Rory McIlroy having a hard time in round 2 of The Masters Tournament 2024

He couldn’t find that magic on Friday though with a birdie free round. Two bogeys on 5 and 7 marked an already difficult start to his round that only got worse when he entered Amen Corner. On hole 11 McIlroy’s second vanished into Rae’s Creek. And even though he brought his fourth shot seven feet to the hole a gave himself a chance to save a bogey, his ball rolled over the corner of the hole, causing a double bogey for the Northern Irishman. He got unscathed through 12 and 13 but lost another shot on 14. After that he made it without further lost shots to the clubhouse.

Rory McIlroy on his second round at The Masters Tournament: “Really Tough Day”

Q. Rory, can you give us your thoughts on the round and the conditions today.

RORY MCILROY: Tough day, really tough day. Just hard to make a score and just sort of trying to make as many pars as possible. I felt like I did okay. I made that bogey on 14, and even just to par the last four holes and get in the clubhouse and have a tee time tomorrow, I’m sort of pretty happy with.

Yeah, just a really tough day. Scoring was very difficult. Yeah, just one of those days that couldn’t — I mean, most of the field couldn’t really get anything going. It was just a matter of trying to hang in there as best you could.

Q. Could you give us your thoughts on just how long your round took today.

RORY MCILROY: It felt long, yeah. My golf swing felt horrific for the last six or seven holes, just from hitting around. Especially that 11th hole, 11 it felt like it took an hour to play that hole.

Yeah, it was stop and start, hard to get into a rhythm with the conditions and obviously how slow the play was as well.

Q. Rory, how much of a battle is it between your mental and your physical game when it’s so slow, when it’s so windy? There’s so many second callings of shots. What is that part of the test like?

RORY MCILROY: Yeah, it’s hard. Mentally it’s a grind because you just have to try to commit as best you can to the shot that you’re trying to play. One second you’ll have a shot that’s playing 150, and then if the wind does something different, the shot could be playing 180. It could be a 30-yard difference.

Just really hard to — you have to commit to trying to play the right shot, but then you also have to hit it at the right time as well. So pretty tricky.

Q. You’ve done 10 shots back in your career, Wells Fargo, it was a long time ago. I think you were 11 back with a whole round to go in 2022 and you finished second, gave it a run. Do you think there’s still a run from 10 back?

RORY MCILROY: I think so. I won from 10 back in Dubai at the start of the year. But obviously the Dubai Desert Classic and the Masters are two very different golf tournaments.

We’ll see. Hopefully the conditions are a little better tomorrow. Yeah, I still think I can go out tomorrow and shoot a low one, get back into red numbers, and have half a chance going into Sunday.

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The Masters Tournament 2024: Rory McIlroy recovers after a bumpy start

Rory McIlroy wants to finally win the green jacket at The Masters Tournament 2024 and join the select circle of players who have won a career Grand Slam. However, McIlroy was initially unable to withstand the pressure at the start of the tournament.

Rory McIlroy with a solid first round at the Masters Tournament 2024

Rory McIlroy is subordinating everything to his big dream of winning the Masters. The title in Augusta is the only one the Northern Irishman still needs to win the career Grand Slam.

However, the start proved difficult. McIlroy had to record his first bogey on the second hole and only made it back to even par on the eighth. It took McIlroy until the 12th hole to get under par, when he only had a short putt for birdie on the par 3 after a great tee shot. McIlroy even made it to two under par for a short time on the 14th, but fell back to -1 shortly before the end, leaving him six shots behind the leader Bryson DeChambeau.

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In his interview after the opening round, Rory McIlroy shared his thoughts on his performance and the challenges of Augusta National. “Yeah, it was okay. I held it together well,” he remarked when asked about his round. “It was a little scrappy. The conditions are tricky. Hard to fully commit to shots out there at times just because the wind is — if it’s across, it feels down at one point and then into. It’s hard to commit to where the wind direction is at times.”

When asked about his mindset after an early bogey, McIlroy emphasized the long tournament ahead, saying, “Yeah, it’s the second hole of the tournament. There’s 70 holes left to play. There’s a long way to go. Everyone is going to make bogeys this week, and it’s just a matter of when you do, resetting and sticking to your game plan.”

McIlroy also commented on playing alongside Scottie Scheffler, acknowledging the challenge of keeping up with his impressive performance: “If you look at Scottie compared to the rest of the field, the amount of bogey-free rounds he plays and he shoots is phenomenal, and that’s the secret to winning major championships and winning big-time golf tournaments is more limiting the mistakes rather than making a ton of birdies.”

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WITB Rory McIlroy: The Equipment for the Masters Tournament 2024

Rory McIlroy attempts his 16th run for a Masters Tournament victory and the completion of his career Grand Slam. Take a look at the equipment of the Northern Irishman for the first major of the 2024 season. As always McIlroy trusts his longterm sponsor TaylorMade from driver to golf ball.

WITB Rory McIlroy at the Masters Tournament 2024

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS (9°)

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3 wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (15°, 18°)

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Driving Irons: TaylorMade Stealth UDI (16°)

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Irons: TaylorMade P760 (4)

Irons: TaylorMade P730 Rors Proto (5-9)

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Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 (46, 50, 54, 60)

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Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X

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Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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The Masters Tournament 2024 – McIlroy: “I know I’ve got the potential to do it”

In the run-up to The Masters Tournament 2024, Rory McIlroy spoke about the upcoming major tournament at the official press conference. The Northern Irishman has yet to win the ‘Green Jacket’ and is hoping for success at his 16th attempt this year. This would be tantamount to a successful career Grand Slam, as McIlroy would have won every major at least once. The now 34-year-old spoke about his preparation for the tournament, his mentality and special praise from Tiger Woods.

The Masters Tournament 2024: “I feel like I’ve got all the tools to do well this week”

THE MODERATOR: Good afternoon. Like to welcome Rory McIlroy back to the Masters Tournament. Without further ado, I’m going to open up the floor to questions.

Q. Can you take us through your off-season thoughts on how you developed your plan for bringing out your best performance in this year’s tournament?

RORY McILROY: Yeah, I think I, you know, this is my 16th start in the Masters, so I feel like I’ve done it quite a few different ways, and I guess just trying to bring a little bit of normalcy into what I sort of try to do week in, week out.

I play 25 weeks a year, and there’s no point in doing anything different this week compared to other weeks, I guess. So, it was nice to — I wanted to play quite a bit leading up to this just to feel like my game was sharp or, if it wasn’t sharp, to try to get it in the best shape possible. I feel like I made a couple of good strides in that direction last week in Texas.

Yeah, it’s just sort of nice to get home after a week and reset. And then I usually try to get into tournaments either Monday nights or Tuesday mornings, and that’s sort of what I’ve done this week. I came up here last week to play two practice rounds at the start of the week. So I feel like I’ve already got most of my prep work done. So it’s just about going out there and being relaxed and being in the right frame of mind. And the more I can do that, the more I’ll be able to execute on the golf course.

Q. Two things. What would you — how do you feel about having played more this year? Do you feel like it’s done what you had hoped in terms of your mindset? And then just also what’s your — what do you see is the biggest difference in the golf course since you first played here?

RORY McILROY: Yeah, I think it’s been beneficial to play a little bit more this year leading into not just this tournament but the spring and the summer. I think I’m a little more in tune with where my game is and where my misses are and how to — I think, once you play a lot, you learn just how to manage your game a little bit better instead of if you haven’t played that much and you’re a little rusty.

And I just think that patterns emerge the more that you play. I feel like I’ve got a big enough sort of data set of rounds to sort of know how to manage what I’m doing right now. So I think that’s been a good thing.

Then the course over the years, it’s obviously got longer. I would say some of the areas surrounding the greens have become a little sharper. So, like, the drop-off after the left side of the 3rd green, for example, that drop-off is sharper. The back right of the 6th green now, that fall-off is sharper.

Like there’s a lot of sharpness to the edges of the green compounds that didn’t used to be there, which makes it — the right of the 11th green, which makes it just a little trickier to chip to and just penalizes the misses a little bit more, which ultimately, I think, is a good thing.

Q. Tiger was in here a little while ago, and he said very forthright like, yes, Rory will get it done, he’ll win a Green Jacket someday. I know you have a lot of people in your life who are comfortable saying that, but it does it mean more when someone of his stature says it so forthrightly?

RORY McILROY: Yeah, it’s flattering. It’s nice to hear, in my opinion, the best player ever to play the game say something like that. So, yeah, I mean, does that mean that it’s going to happen? Obviously not. But he’s been around the game long enough to know that I at least have the potential to do it. I know I’ve got the potential to do it too. It’s not as if I haven’t been a pretty good player for the last couple of decades.

So, but, yeah, it’s nice to hear it when it comes out of his mouth.

Q. With what’s at stake this week, how much focus have you put on simply trying to enjoy yourself?

RORY McILROY: (Laughing.) Yeah, I think so. I think that’s the — you know, I just drove in probably 30 minutes ago, and, yeah, I think you have to sort of treat this week with the — if I cast my mind back to 18-year-old Rory and I’m driving down Magnolia Lane for the first time, how would I feel and I think, it’s just always trying to go back to being grateful and feeling incredibly lucky that you can be a part of this tournament and you get to compete in it every year.

Thankfully, I’ve improved a bit since my first start here, and I feel like I’ve got all the tools to do well this week. But, again, to bring those tools out, I think one of the most important things is to enjoy it and smell the — I guess not the roses, the azaleas along the way.

Q. Time with Butch, whether it’s technical, and I’m sure there’s part of that, but he’s a great mind manipulator, so when you’re with him — and I mean that in a complimentary way.

RORY McILROY: I was going to say (laughing).

Q. No, he’s like Lombardi, he’s — so when you’re with him, is it nourishing immediately, or is it something that you reflect on over time, things that he’s imparted upon you in your communication with him since you’ve seen him? Is it regular?

RORY McILROY: Yeah, it’s regular. We probably text on a daily basis. But I think that, if anyone that has been to see Butch over the years, the first thing he’ll do is he’ll bring you into his office. And we sat and had a 45 minute conversation before he even looked at a swing or even before we really talked about golf at all. Talked about a lot of other stuff.

Yeah, he is, he’s part sort of psychologist, part swing coach. Like I always joke about you spend four hours with Butch and you go away with two swing tips and 30 stories. But you always go away hitting the ball better than when you came.

So, yeah, it was really beneficial trip for the technical side of things, which I think I made progress in that department last week, especially with my strokes gained approach numbers, which is what I really wanted to do.

But, yeah, it’s also just spending time around someone like that that’s coached a lot of the best players in the world and sort of him giving you his blessing on things, I think that’s nice validation as well.

Q. The long-standing tradition in golf is that you sign your scorecard and you say, This is what I shot today. Do you think things have changed in recent years where we should maybe get away from that model a little bit and give more authority to rules officials like we see in other sports? Or do you like the system as it is?

RORY McILROY: I mean, in a way I would like to give more responsibility to the rules officials because it takes responsibility off us in a way. Yeah, but, you know, I think most of you in this room know that I’m a traditionalist. And there’s a lot of things about golf and the traditions of golf that I really enjoy and I almost cherish because I think, if you can play golf the right way, it sort of makes you feel like you can live your life the right way at the same time. It’s a great metaphor for life.

Yeah, I think there’s, you know — I’m quite nostalgic when it comes to those sorts of things in the game, and it would be a shame to get rid of all of them. But we do have — in the top level of professional golf, we do have everyone keeping our score, whether it’s through apps or through walking scorers or through whatever.

Yeah, I mean, I think what happened to Jordan at Riviera, for example, is — it was unfortunate. And obviously we all know what to do, but I don’t think that an error like that should mean a disqualifications from a tournament.

Q. From a mentality and emotional perspective in regards to attitude, when you come into this week, how do you manage wanting to win this tournament but not the desire being so big that it becomes an obstacle?

RORY McILROY: Yeah, I would say not trying to win it from the first tee shot. I think that’s something that I’ve tried to learn. It’s a 72-hole golf tournament. I’ve won from 10 strokes back going into the weekend. There’s loads of different ways to do it. I think trying to, you know — and, again, I’ve said this, this golf course gets you to chase things a little more than other golf courses, if you make a bogey or if you get yourself out of position, because it always tempts you to do something you think you can do.

And I’m pretty confident in my golf game. I think I can do most things, but sometimes you just have to take the conservative route and be a little more disciplined and patient.

With a 72-hole golf tournament, you can be patient, you can be disciplined, and you can stick to your game plan. And that’s something that I’ve really tried to learn at this tournament over the years.

THE MODERATOR: Thanks very much, Rory, we really appreciate it. Thanks very much, ladies and gentlemen.