Rory McIlroy believes he has come to terms with the size of his task as he gears up for a fifth attempt to join golf's most elite club by completing the career grand slam.
McIlroy needs to win the Masters to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in having claimed all four major titles. The 29-year-old has finished inside the top 10 on each of his last four starts at Augusta National and was in the last group in the final round 12 months ago, only to struggle to a closing 74 and end up six shots behind playing partner Patrick Reed.
"I think sometimes I'm too much of a fan of the game because I know exactly who has won the grand slam and exactly who I'd be putting myself alongside," McIlroy told a press conference ahead of his defence of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
"There's maybe a part of that if I didn't know the history of the game and wasn't such a fan it would work in my favour, but that's not me.
"It would be a massive achievement, it would be huge but I can't think about it in that way. I just have to go out and play the golf course the way I know I can play it and repeat that for four days and hopefully that's good enough."