McIlroy played on Tuesday with three-time Masters winners Phil Mickelson and Xander Schauffele Date: November 12-15 Location: Augusta National Coverage: Radio and text commentary online with play clips. Daily Highlights on BBC Two – full details here
Rory McIlroy says he likes being out of the spotlight as he makes his sixth attempt at a Grand Slam career through Masters.
"I don't mind this, it's like everything is more subdued, more relaxed," said the Northern Irishman.
"Bryson will feel different because the focus is on him."
McIlroy added: "The attention is on him and rightly so from a great victory and in fact disrupting the game of golf in recent months.
"It's a big story, and I'm just as intrigued as anyone to see how it unfolds."
Since winning the 2014 Open, McIlroy has been trying to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Woods as the only pla yers to win all four men's majors.
He has four top 10 finishes, although he was not really threatened until 2018 when Patrick Reed won. His best chance of victory was in 2011, but he lost a four-shot lead on the final round.
Three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson played with McIlroy on Tuesday, saying: "He plays beautifully. I'd be shocked if he didn't have a big chance on Sunday.
"Whether this year, whether in a few months, whether in a few years, he will win and complete the Grand Slam. He's too big a player not to do that. "
When asked about those comments, the world's number five McIlroy replied," I'd like to think so, but there's nothing in this game ]
"You have to go out and earn it. You can't trust people to say you're going to win one. Greg Norman never did. Ernie Els never did. ]
"There are a lot of great people who have played this game and have never won a Green Jacket. It's not a done deal, and I know it. I have to get out and about. earn money and play well.
"I think these days, with how many great players there are, I have to play my best golf to have a chance. "