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    • Paul McGinley believes that Rory McIlroy is unlikely to prevail at The Masters 
    • McGinley feels that a lack of confidence and momentum could cost McIlroy 
    • In addition, McGinley doesn’t expect Tiger Woods to be in contention this time

    Paul McGinley has offered a withering assessment about the chances of Rory McIlroy or defending champion Tiger Woods winning the Masters this week. 

    Not even the fact McGinley expects it to be a lowscoring edition — and therefore right up McIlroy’s alley — is enough to persuade the 2014 Ryder Cup captain that the Northern Irishman can complete the career Grand Slam on this occasion. 

    ‘Rory thrives on confidence and momentum and right now he has neither,’ said McGinley. ‘It is hard to put forward a reason why he is going to win this. 

    Paul McGinley believes that it is unlikely that Rory McIlroy will be able to win the Masters

    ‘The only thing that might work for him is that he is so off form he can fly under the radar. He has the weight of history on his shoulders and we’ve seen in recent Masters that weighs heavily on him. 

    ‘Also, you look back at past Masters and the winner always does well in the strokes gained category for approaches to the greens. Since lockdown, that has been Rory’s weakest category. 

    ‘Rory likes to be the centre of attention. What I’m hoping is that he’s looking at Bryson DeChambeau stealing all the headlines, Dustin Johnson winning the FedEx Cup, Jon Rahm climbing above him in the world rankings and he gets ignited by that. 

    McGinley offered a withering assessment of McIlroy's chances, saying he lacks confidence

    McGinley offered a withering assessment of McIlroy’s chances, saying he lacks confidence

    ‘I hope behind the scenes he’s been really stoking himself and that he will be energised to play how he can — get those shoulders back and have his “get out of my way” approach.’ 

    McGinley’s verdict is even more damning regarding Woods, who pulled off a Masters miracle last year. ‘It is a forlorn hope to think he can be part of the picture this week,’ said the astute Dubliner, who is a pundit for Sky Sports. 

    ‘Yes, you can say he’s Tiger and it’s the Masters but it’s hard to come up with any argument that he’s going to contend. 

    McInley stressed that 'it is a forlorn hope' to believe that Tiger Woods can prevail this week

    McInley stressed that ‘it is a forlorn hope’ to believe that Tiger Woods can prevail this week

    ‘You have to have some form going to Augusta. You can’t just turn it on. There has to be some sort of trend. He’s struggled with his fitness and, when he has turned up, he has been way off in every statistical category. 

    ‘He said he putted well in his last tournament in California but the stats didn’t bear that out. Unless he’s found something over the last 10 days that we haven’t seen for over a year, I can’t see it.’ 

    One man who can be written off is Sergio Garcia, champion three years ago, who withdrew on Monday after testing positive for Covid-19. It is the first major the Spaniard has missed since 1999, breaking a streak of 84 in a row. 

    Sky Sports has live coverage of the Masters from November 12-15.

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