Phil Mickelson headed to Pinehurst this year with a chance to capture the career grand slam and flopped.
Gary Player says don’t expect Rory McIlroy to do the same in April when he looks to become just the sixth player in history to win all four majors.
“I predict that he will do it (in 2015) because the Masters is just made for him,” Player said, via SportLive.com. “There is no golf course I can think of that is made for him more than Augusta National.”
McIlroy had a chance to win the 2011 Masters but threw up a Sunday 80 en route to a T-15 finish. His T-8 this year was his best result in six tries, but he blew himself out of contention with a second-round 77.
Meanwhile, Mickelson’s quest to win the elusive U.S. Open seems to have lost a bit of steam after a T-28 at Pinehurst – where he lost by one stroke in 1999 – and a season in which he recorded just a single top 10. Mickelson turns 45 in June and will try again for the Open at Chambers Bay, a course unfamiliar to virtually everyone but the 2010 U.S. Amateur participants.
“There is no question in my mind (McIlroy) will be the next winner of the career grand slam and he’ll go on to win many more major championships,” Player said, according to the report. “One can never predict how many – people were saying Tiger Woods could win 30 but nobody knows what is going to happen to your health, nobody knows what’s destined for you in your career. But all being well he’s going to win a lot of majors.”