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Last minute Masters prep as Rory joins Texas Open

The need to get more competitive golf under his belt and a suggestion from caddy J.P. Fitzgerald has meant a shake-up in Rory McIlroy's pre-Masters preparation, with the World Number Two confirming he will enter the Texas Open this week.

A comparatively light schedule which meant skipping the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill last week - and thus losing his Number One spot to Tiger Woods - had now been hastily changed as the Ulsterman will follow up the Houston Open, in which he's currently playing, with a trip to San Antonio.

"I ended up thinking to myself, 'OK, let's just do for these next couple of weeks what's best for me,' " said McIlroy. "What's best for me right now is competitive golf and playing rounds."

"Everything feels good in my game," he said. "It's just about playing a bit more competitive golf and just getting a little sharper. I just feel a little rusty out there, at times."

With only 11 rounds under his belt this year, McIlroy agreed with his bagman: more golf is needed to prepare for Augusta National.

"The more golf you play, I guess, the more savvy you become," McIlroy said. "I think it's a good decision. I'm looking forward to getting a few more rounds under our belt going into Augusta."

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