Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

McIlroy Determined to Complete Full Set of Major Honours; GOLF

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

McIlroy Determined to Complete Full Set of Major Honours; GOLF

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WORLD No 1 Rory McIlroy returns to action looking to write his name into the history books this year.

The Northern Irishman's first appearance of 2015 sees him tee it up at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship but it is the Masters in April which he will really want to target as he seeks to become only the sixth man to complete a career grand slam of majors.

McIlroy won the Open and PGA Championship last year, two of his four wins worldwide, as well as helping Europe retain the Ryder Cup and returning to the top of the world rankings.

That made him the man his rivals all want to beat and it is a position he is more than comfortable with as he starts a schedule which he hopes will see him pull on the coveted green jacket at Augusta in April.

"It's always a good sign when other players are talking about you," he said. "I think with the performances that I put up last year that's what happened.

I feel that the way to continue to do that and have that so-called aura is to keep producing these performances consistently, so that's the goal. …

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