McIlroy sets target on 'Green Jacket' after trophy-laden 2014 season

Rory McIlroyWellington, Nov 24 : Northern Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy is eyeing the 'Green Jacket' in 2015 after he picked up the European money list trophy for the second time in three seasons on Sunday.

The US Masters has been the only major championship to elude the Northern Irishman and he has set sights to bag the Green Jacket now.

McIlroy, who tied for second at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the European Tour season-ender, said that it's not something he thought possible, adding that he would work hard and make sure he is ready for that, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Winning in Augusta would be tough, no European has done it since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999, yet world number one McIlroy is well equipped to end the drought after a season in which he claimed a maiden British Open title, a second US PGA crown and two other European Tour victories.

McIlroy said that in terms of ball striking, he has driven it better, which is a huge part of his game. He added that when he drives it well he can give himself shorter irons into greens and more opportunities for birdies.

The Northern Irishman said that his mid-range putting has been very good this year.

The 25-year-old admitted that the pressure of being the world's best had been difficult to handle. McIlroy said that he used to be uncomfortable, adding that there's added scrutiny and there's added criticism.

But he said that he learned to deal with it, admitting that it's just part of the title.

McIlroy's 2014 resurgence happened despite off-course dramas. He split up with his fiancee, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, and is involved in a legal dispute with his former agents, which led him to miss some tournaments, the report added. (ANI)