GREENHORN OUT TO EARN HIS STRIPES; Young Pretender McIlroy Ready to Nick Tiger's Crown

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GREENHORN OUT TO EARN HIS STRIPES; Young Pretender McIlroy Ready to Nick Tiger's Crown


Byline: Euan McLean

THE last 21-year-old superkid to pull on his first Green Jacket went on to dominate the sport for a decade.

So who would bet against today becoming coronation day for the new king of golf 's new generation of superstar? Rory McIlroy is still fresh-faced enough that he wouldn't look out of place walking to class with his old school blazer on, never mind the smart green one he could be trying for size by midnight tonight.

But don't be fooled by his impish, likeable demeanor or the slightly gangly lolloping stride. Scratch beneath the easy-going exterior and you'll find 100 per cent cold, hard steel - and he'll need every ounce of mettle to close out a remarkable wire-to-wire victory today.

No one has held the lead from Thursday to Sunday at this punishing Augusta National course since Raymond Floyd's imperious performance in 1976 - which is 13 years before McIlroy was even born.

Leading a major tournament for this length of time, being the guy all the big names - among them former champion Angel Cabrera, KJ Choi and Luke Donald - are trying to hunt down? The pressure must be enormous but you wouldn't think it to look at McIlroy.

Yesterday the young Northern Irishman did the same as he has all week, quietly plotting his way around one of the toughest golf courses in the world.

Staying patient when he needed to and when opportunity presented itself, never blinking.

Take his tremendous birdie putt from the back of the 17th green to edge himself even further ahead of the pack and plump himself a nice four-shot cushion that he presumably slept soundly upon last night.

He has led majors before, notoriously last year at St Andrews when his opening day 63 was followed by a swift and painful plummet back to earth, shooting 80 a day later.

But this time it's different. The maturity from harsh lessons learned are clearly showing in his patient, unflappable play.

Even off the course he is staying relaxed at night by tossing an American football around with the three childhood mates he has brought along for the thrill ride.

That says much about the stability of this young man and the protective inner circle who keep his feet on the ground at all times, despite all the headlines predicting him for a level of stardom not seen since that last 21-year-old Masters champion - Eldrick Tiger Woods.

His Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie is already predicting more majors will fall at his feet before the year is out if he can close this one today - but that's not as easy as his four-shot lead suggests. Cabrera for a start will not give up his crack at a second Masters title easily after firing himself into the picture on moving day with a superb 67.

Tied with the Argentine on eight under is KJ Choi - who challenged Phil Mickelson right up until the last four holes 12 months ago - plus Charl Schwartzel and Australian rookie Jason Day.

All have it in them to mount a charge and if they can put the pressure on early, well we've seen what this place can do to a leader when the heat is on.

Greg Norman threw away a six-shot lead in 1996, a fact that won't be lost on fellow Aussies Day and Adam Scott. …

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