Rory McIlroy knows completing Grand Slam at this year’s Masters unlikely

AUGUSTA, Ga. — It’s not completely official yet. Rory McIlroy has one more round to play before this year’s Masters ends.

However, his chances of winning his first Masters and completing a career Grand Slam have all but disappeared.

McIlroy, who is trying to become the sixth player in history to win the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship, will go 0-for-10 by the end of Sunday unless a miracle happens. It will be.

Rory McIlroy reacts after missing a putt on the 6th green during the third round of the Masters in Augusta, Georgia on Saturday. Getty Images

McIlroy, who shot a 1-under 71 in the third round at Augusta National on Saturday, is now 3-over for the tournament and 10 strokes behind Scottie Scheffler for the lead.

So, at least until Jordan Spieth wins his first PGA Championship and earns a Grand Slam appearance, only Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, Gary Player, and Tiger Woods are the only players to do so. He will accomplish this elusive feat.

“All I can do is come here and do my best,” McIlroy said. “That’s what I do every time I show up. Some years are better than others. I just have to keep showing up and trying to do the right thing.”

Asked how much of a “test of patience” the Masters was, McIlroy said: But it’s this tournament, this golf course, especially a situation like this. That’s all you can do. Nothing else can be done. You just have to try to get as much acceptance as possible and keep hitting good shots to move on. ”

Despite spending time in the sand, Rory McIlroy didn’t have a beach day at the Masters. He enters Sunday at three over and 10 strokes back of Scottie Scheffler’s lead. USA TODAY Network

Much like in recent Masters, McIlroy has been unable to generate any momentum.

McIlroy posted a modest 71 in the first round, but ruined his chances with a 5-over 77 in the second round.

“It was difficult to gain momentum. [Friday] It’s just the conditions,” McIlroy said of the wind gusts. “Yesterday I had zero birdies, but today I had three birdies. It’s nice to have some red numbers on the card. I’m a little bit better.”

Barring a miracle, McIlroy was asked what his goal for Sunday’s final round would be now that his Grand Slam dreams have been dashed for another year: “Just go out there and finish on a positive note. I had a good round of golf and will be heading to Hilton Head next week feeling good.”