McIlroy needs a win at The Masters to complete a career Grand Slam with big wins
Rory McIlroy can go to Augusta National go "under the radar" and win the Masters to complete the grand slam of his career, two double US Open winners believe.
Andy North and Curtis Strange say a soft course and a focus on big punches US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau will work in McIlroy's favor.
"The golf course is going to be a little softer, which I think helps Rory," said North. ]
"It's not just about being able to hit the ball far there," he added.
"The point is that you go a long way and he does it just as well as anyone else.
" I would think when Rory comes in here, he needs to be in a real happy spirit right now (like a) new dad figuring everything out, '' former American Ryder Cup player North said during a conference call with reporters.
& # 39; Bryson and [Dustin (Johnson] and some of these other guys. He could come in there feeling like he's under the radar with nothing to lose, and just start playing. "
Curtis Strange won back-back US Open titles in 1988 and 1989
Strange, who was the last player to go back to back US Open titles won (1988-89) before Brooks Koepka did in 2017 and 2018, adding, “You're not trying to root for anyone, but I think we're all rooting a little bit for him (McIlroy), because you would have thought he would have had a green jacket by now.
"If there's a week I think he can win, it's Augusta because of the golf course set-up, the way he plays the game, the way he enjoys it from the fans, the customers, all of the above, but you still gotta get it done.
"Maybe he could be under the radar this week, maybe play in November."
The Masters have been moved from the usual April date due to the Covid-19 health pandemic.
Andy North won the US Open in 1978 and 1985
De Chambeau rides & # 39; stunning & # 39;
DeChambeau recently posted an image of his launch monitor showing a ride flying 403 meters in the air and North expects the number six in the world to take a unique approach to a few holes at Augusta Na tional.
"I saw him play an awful lot of golf at the US Open and watched him hit an awful lot of balls, and you can watch it on TV, but until you get next to him and really watch the violence it causes and how the golf ball leaves the clubhead, you can't believe it, ”noted North.
"It's absolutely amazing. ]
" I'm looking forward to seeing where he rides it on some of these holes. A hole like the (par-five) eighth hole, I've heard rumors he hit there like a seven iron. Thirteen, he's talking about trying to drive him over the trees to the 14th fairway and create that corner.
"They'll be places we've never seen anyone think of going there., And the fact that there are no patrons, you can go in some other directions than you normally would, you couldn't, because there are so many people in that place.
"It sure changes how you can attack the golf course if you can get over every bunker drive and you can start taking shortcuts and skipping corners that no one has ever done before. It will be fun to watch. "