FILE PHOTOS: Golf – European Tour – Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom – 29 September 2019, Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy in the final round of Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith
(Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy expects this year’s Masters to feel a little different and says the tournament is pushed back to November because the COVID-19 pandemic can help her win the coveted green jacket.
The Masters are usually the first major of the year, but the event has been postponed from its slot in April and will now take place after the US and PGA Open Championships, which are rescheduled for August and September.
This year’s British Open has been canceled because of the plague.
McIlroy, who needed the Masters to complete a Grand Slam career, said the new date would give a “different feeling”.
“Two majors have been played, hopefully the Ryder Cup has been played. “People will be in their routine and a little more,” he said in a live Instagram chat with Michelle Wie the LPGA U.S.
“I always felt there was little anticipation towards Augusta, the first big event of the year. There is all this hype.
“It will be a different Masters this year but personally, maybe selfishly, that’s what I need to get the jacket.”
The Northern Irish won the US Open in 2011, the PGA Championship in 2012 and 2014, and the British Open in 2014, but his best performance at the Masters was fourth in 2015.
Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford
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