"I was like, "perfect, there you go".
"Even more, I really love the tournament", he added.
And on when he believed his No. 1 ranking reflected his game: "When I made it to No. 1".
It's the first of golf's four major championships, and one of the most prestigious tournaments in all of sports.
While all the golfers mentioned above have won majors in the past, all eyes will be on US Open champion and current world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and defending champion Danny Willett. "I'm going to have to drive it well, hit my irons well, putt it well".
Johnson agrees with that rather simplistic reasoning.
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Odd things are prone to happen at the Masters, but most them occur on the back nine on Sunday. Rahm comes in playing solid golf with five top ten finishes on the season including a win, second place finish and a third place finish. "I told him if he hits it longer than Gary I want a mention because I adjusted the weight in his driver".
But Thursday, Friday and Saturday come first, and two of those days will probably be weather affected. All of the players have been closely monitoring the forecast that called for severe thunderstorms Wednesday night followed by 60-degree temperatures and wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour.
"I like the fact that the weather is coming in, because that will make the misses that much bigger for everybody", said Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters victor. "You're still going to be trying to push it out there off the tees to potentially get some shorter shots in". "That's going to be something that I'm going to use my knowledge and skill to try and avoid".
Greg Norman warned Jordan Spieth to expect probing about his 2016 Augusta nightmare for years to come unless he can secure a second Masters victory.
"Welcome one more time to Arnie's Army", Payne said. I've spent time in President (Donald) Trump's company before, and that does not mean that I agree with everything that he says.
"Because of the speed of the greens and the amount of slope there is, the wind affects the ball that much more. They become a less than 50/50 chance from 5 feet with the wind blowing".
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The 27-year-old Queenslander makes his seventh Masters appearance with his best finish a share of second in his 2011 debut. It might take one hole or two holes but I want it to go away as soon as possible.
Severe weather turned the course soggy on Wednesday.
The Par three competition was on for less than an hour before it was called off. The course was closed for the rest of the day as the rain continued through the night.
However, Johnson is boosted by the fact that he has a late tee time and is out in the final group alongside Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker at 2.03pm [7.03pm United Kingdom time]. He won the 1984 U.S. Open, as well as a PGA TOUR Champions Major (2002 Senior PGA Championship).
Dustin Johnson has been the talk of golf over the last 2 months, and that was sure to at least help McIlroy manage the expectations.
Rickie Fowler this week described the 32-year-old American as a "freak of nature".
"Dustin is just insane", Fowler said.
Johnson's injury, wild weather bring uncertainty to Masters
Perhaps the best current player to never win a major, the 43-year-old Westwood could be the unlikely ascender this week. If you read my column (yes, I'm looking at both of you), then you know golf holds a very special place in my heart.