Rory McIlroy insists he is happy with form as he prepares for Valero Texas Open
Last Updated: 04/04/13 11:31am
Rory McIlroy (L) and Ian Poulter (R) will use this week's event in Texas to fine-tune ahead of Augusta
With the Masters just days away, Rory McIlroy has insisted he is happy with his form as he prepares to tee up in this week's Valero Texas Open.
Despite managing only one top-10 finish from five outings this season, the World No 2 believes his game is in good shape as attention turns to the season's first major.
McIlroy limped to a 45th placed finish at the Shell Houston Open last week, failing to break 70 in any of his four rounds as he languished well down the leaderboard throughout.
However, speaking ahead of Thursday's first round in San Antonio, the 23-year-old claimed to be at ease with the state of his game, although eager to get some more competitive golf under his belt.
"I guess it's just for confidence," he told reporters. "I know I'm playing well, I know I'm hitting the ball well, it's just about getting a scorecard in my hand and shooting some good numbers going in.
"I've played the week before going into a major and I've won, I haven't played the week before a major and I've won, it's nice to be able to sit here and say that.
"I don't care if I miss ten cuts in a row and win a major a year. I don't care. I mean that's what it's all about, winning the big tournaments."
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McIlroy's Ryder Cup team-mate Ian Poulter has also taken the decision to compete at TPC San Antonio for the first time this week as he too looks to fine-tune ahead of Augusta.
The Englishman believes the tight Greg Norman-Sergio Garcia designed lay-out will play right into his hands and is hoping to secure a timely confidence-boost ahead of the trip to Augusta.
"I think the golf course will suit my game," Poulter stated. "You have to drive it very straight, you have to be pretty accurate.
"You're going to miss some of these greens in the wrong spot and have to get it up and down and I would feel pretty comfortable in that situation - having to get up and down from some tight spots."