Point to prove

McIlroy looking to make amends

Last Updated: 04/04/12 5:11pm

Rory McIlroy will go in search of his first US Masters title this week - and ultimate redemption.

"If I go into the back nine on Sunday in the lead see how I hold up better under pressure and feel that the experiences I have gained from last year will allow me to handle it a little better."

Rory McIlroy

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The 22-year-old bounced back from last year's Masters nightmare - in which he shot a final round 80 to blow a four-shot lead - to win the US Open and recover his reputation as star of the game, on the path to greatness.

But the youngster from Holywood, Ireland, still feels he has something to prove to himself - if no one else - at the place of his most painful, and public, capitulation.

"The whole situation got to me and that is when I said afterwards that I wasn't ready," he told Special Report. "I wasn't ready to handle what had been presented to me, which was the chance to win the Masters.

He added: "I feel I have something to prove to myself rather than to anyone else. I would love to give myself the chance to win the Masters again this year and to put things right from what happened last year.

"If I go into the back nine on Sunday in the lead see how I hold up better under pressure and feel that the experiences I have gained from last year will allow me to handle it a little better."

Sky Sports' Mark Roe has every confidence McIlroy can achieve his goal. He said: "It's a one million per cent yes, he is ready.

"You have only got to look at what he did last year at Congressional when he destroyed the field at the US Open Championship and the philosophical way in which he handled what happened last year was the sign of somebody way more mature than his years.

"There is no doubt he is a better player now but he is way better mentally and that is the key to winning at Augusta. For me he is right up there as join-favourite with Tiger (Woods).

Despite last year's tribulations, Augusta still holds a special place for McIlroy. He added: ""Obviously things (last year) did not turn out as I wanted them to but it is still my favourite tournament in the world and I can't wait to get back."

The Augusta Chronicle's Scott Michaux said: "It is a happy anachronism in the world. There is so little in the world like it today.

"They have kept it very much like it was in the 1930s when it was first started and that is so unique. They have had to work so hard to establish that longevity here.

"They planned on tearing down the clubhouse and building a large, colonial, antebellum, grand clubhouse. And the best thing that ever happened is that it didn't happen because it has become an icon for southern simplicity and charm and everything about this tournament."