Masters in duo's sights
Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy are set to play in this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, but already have one eye on the Masters.
Tiger Woods may have pulled out at Bay Hill with a neck injury but six of the world's top 10 golfers and 13 of the top 20 will still play in the prestigious PGA Tour event.
Rose and McIlroy will be among them and although they will both be gunning for glory, the first major of the year is just around the corner and they cannot help but look at it.
"(The Masters) is on the mind for sure. It's about (trying) to keep your game fresh and sharp to peak there," Rose said.
"It's really important to be in contention once or twice heading into the Masters."
McIlroy also admits preparations for Augusta National are well under way.
"I've been messing around with a 64-degree lob wedge as I think that could be beneficial around (Augusta)," McIlroy, a winner of the US and British Opens and the PGA Championship, said.
"I've been making sure I get my driver turning over (right-to-left) as that's something I've struggled with the last couple of years at the Masters."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.