McIlroy tipped by Player for Masters glory

GOLFING great Gary Player regards holder Phil Mickelson as the favourite for this week’s US Masters, but he also has “a feeling” Ireland’s Rory McIlroy will flourish in the season’s opening major.
American left-hander Mickelson shortened his odds on winning a fifth major title with a three-shot victory at the Houston Open on Sunday, while McIlroy is viewed by many as a future world number one.
“Phil Mickelson winning yesterday [Sunday] is a very significant thing,” Player, 75, said at a sun-splashed Augusta National on Monday. “It’s given him coming in here a big psychological lift.
“He’s got to be saying: ‘I’m going to win.’ It’s a feeling you get and it’s a positive feeling you have and either you have it or you don’t. It’s not something you can say you manufacture. It’s a gift.
“Without a question Phil is the favourite right now.” – Reuters
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