McIlroy 'ready' to win the Players Championship

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- Former world number ones Rory McIlroy and Jason Day have different comfort levels entering the Players Championship - one knowing what it takes to win at TPC Sawgrass, and the other still seeking to solve the puzzle of the famous course.

". I have not won The Players, and we look at this tournament up there in about equal value with the major championships".

But the Northern Irishman says he has slowly learned the keys to success after missing the cut on his first three visits, and has at least given himself a chance of contending in his past few starts. But now I feel like I have started to play the golf course better and play it a little smarter.

"I was a little stubborn the first few years I came here and was trying to sort of break away from that, but, yeah, you just have to play this golf course a certain way and be a little bit better than everyone else with your irons and your wedges, and that's usually a good combination around here".

'This is my ninth time here so I'm not a spring chicken any more. Peter Uihlein tied for fifth last week at Quail Hollow, which moved him up 11 spots to No. 55 in the world. I did everything well for, I guess, a few years there.

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"If I can put myself in the final group of some other events coming up, then hopefully I'll have some recent experience, and I'll deal with it a bit better [than he did at The Masters]", he said.

McIlroy has not had a bad season, highlighted by a victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, but this week will be his first high-pressure test since last month's U.S. Masters disappointment.

"I'm comfortable with some of the shots that you get around here", added Lahiri, who goes out with Korean, Ahn Byeong-Hun, and Frenchman Alex Levy.

After closing to within a shot of the leader Patrick Reed early in the final round, McIlroy struggled to a closing 74 at Augusta National, but is refusing to be downbeat about the outcome. "All we can do with anybody's golf swing is narrow the deviation and avoid the big misses and ensure the swing path is a lot more neutral and then you can use your body to shape the shots". We're not even halfway through the season.

"We're leaving all the natural good stuff in there and we've had to make sure his body position is right for his delivery as he gets really quick which is great if you get into the right positions".

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"It gives you motivation".

"It is one of the toughest tests in golf with potentially the best field in golf".

Sometimes, it's the simplest things that make a difference, even for a multi-zillionaire like Rory McIlroy.

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"I've got an opportunity in these four weeks to have a lot of fun playing golf and potentially give myself a chance to win", Spieth said.

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