Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hole in One for Rory in National; Golf

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hole in One for Rory in National; Golf

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RORY McIlroy began his Masters preparation in spectacular fashion on Monday by making a holein-one on the 16th hole at Augusta National.

McIlroy, who is looking to become just the sixth player to complete the career grand slam by claiming a first green jacket this week, holed out with a seven iron from 170 yards to complete a 3&2 win in his match against England's Chris Wood.

"I don't think I have ever heard a roar that large in a practice round," the fourtime major winner said of the reaction from the crowd. "It was great. It was a nice practice round and a bit of a highlight. And it ended the match as well.

"I played well. I feel like my game is in good shape. We both hit just one ball (off the tee). It gets me into a nice mindset of this is how I'm going to play, so I'm going to try to do the same tomorrow, play 18 and a match with someone. …

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