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Rory McIlroy aces No. 16 at Augusta National

By The Sports Xchange
Rory McIlroy aces No. 16 at Augusta National
Rory McIlroy. Photo by Frank Polich/UPI | License Photo

Over the weekend, Rory McIlroy said he was happy to be under the radar heading into this week's Masters.

After Monday's practice round, McIlroy sent a strong message that while the spotlight might be on Jordan Speith and Jason Day, that he's ready to make a charge to complete the career grand slam.

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McIlroy, a four-time major winner, began preparing for Augusta in a spectacular way on Monday by acing the 16th hole at Augusta National.

The 26 year old Irishman holed out with a seven iron from 170 yards, completing 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," McIlroy told reporters when asked about the crowd's reaction. "It was great. It was a nice practice round and a bit of a highlight. And it ended the match as well."

McIlroy said his game is in good shape and that he "playing well."

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