Colin Montgomerie Says Rory McIlroy Won't Win Masters Until His Putting Improves

Rory McIlroy on the second green at Augusta National on Friday (Getty Images). Rory McIlroy on the second green at Augusta National on Friday (Getty Images).


Rory McIlroy won't win the Masters until he improves his putting, according to Colin Montgomerie.
A pre-tournament favorite, McIlroy made the cut right on the number on Friday. Although he finished T8 after shooting 69 on Sunday, he never seriously challenged for the win. And he won't until his putting gets better, Montgomerie said. The Mirror UK has the full story:
"You would think it was a course that would suit him. He hits it high and he can draw the ball but he's not putting. Most of his putts are missing to the right and Butch Harmon told me he needs to release the putter more.
"The confidence on the greens is not as it is in other tournaments and if you don't putt well at Augusta you don't score and that's what happened.
"Since that slip on the final day [in 2011] he hasn't performed and he hasn't holed the putts that the other competitors have."

Not that Montgomerie's comments are likely to get in McIlroy's head. At age 24, McIlroy already has two major championship to Montgomerie's zero. And for a hall-of-fame player, Montgomerie had his own share of problems at the Masters. His best finish at Augusta National was T8 in 1998, and he missed six cuts in 15 Masters appearance.
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