Masters 2011: Watch Out Tiger and Phil Because Rory McIlroy Is Going To Win

Galvin KilroeContributor IIIApril 6, 2011

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 11:  Rory Mcilroy hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the 2011 WGC- Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa on March 11, 2011 in Doral, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Rory McIlroy will win the 2011 Masters Tournament.  Hopefully people from the North Emerald Isle also have an affinity for green because Rory McIlroy will soon find himself wearing a green jacket.  The only thing standing between him and the jacket: four spectacular rounds of golf and the world’s best golfers.

Rory McIlroy has become one of the best golfer’s in the world at the ripe old age of 21.  He is currently ranked ninth and will soon become the second youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament.  Rory is being written off by a lot of people due to his inexperience and streakiness, but these qualities are what will propel him to the win.

Since nobody is giving Rory a shot, he should be able to come out firing from the get go.  There is no serious pressure on him to win, after all, he is only 21.  But so was Tiger when he first won.  There is no doubt that Rory is aware of this.

This is the motivation that will enable Rory to win.  If Rory is going to become the future face of golf, which undoubtedly he believes he is, he needs to start capturing major titles.  He has proven himself capable of talking a big game, but has thus far been unable to follow it up with major tournament victories.

Rory has his sights set on the Masters.  He has taken a three-week break with his swing coach, which means he is trying to work on a few things before Augusta National.  Rory has a great power game, high ball flight and the fearlessness to go for it all, even if it means he messes up and loses the tournament instead.

In close tournaments, fearlessness is often the difference between first and second.  It can also be the difference between first and 10th.  Rory has shown a knack for golfing incredibly low rounds, he golfed a 65 in The Open Championship last year, but wound up finishing third.

If Rory can play solid for three days and have one of the masterful rounds he is capable of, he will be the 2011 Masters Tournament champion.  A big knock on Rory’s game is his struggles in the short game.

Butch Harmon, Phil Mickelson’s current coach and Tiger Wood’s former coach, believes this will prevent McIlroy from winning the Masters.  Rory is capable of playing a solid short game and his power can make up for a few mistakes.  Let’s call a spade a spade, and take Harmon at face value.  Phil Mickelson and Butch Harmon are very afraid of McIlroy, so if you have 10 bucks, play the odds and put it on McIlroy.  It is going to hit sooner or later.