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Rory McIlroy Has Prediction For The Masters: Fans React

Rory McIlroy on the golf course.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 13: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts on the fourth hole during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

We're one week away from the start of the 2022 Masters, and Rory McIlroy has spent the last couple of days preparing for the challenges of Augusta National.

McIlroy has been doing some advanced scouting this week, taking in all the course alterations at the Masters. Two holes--No. 11 (White Dogwood) and No. 15 (Firethorn--have officially been lengthened, while holes 3, 13 and 17 have new greens.

According to McIlroy, the 11th hole "is going to play tougher than it has in previous years" after the tees were moved back 15 yards and the fairway was recontoured.

This prediction has some golf fans buzzing.

Going into next week, McIlroy is hoping to avoid a repeat of last year's performance at Augusta, when he missed the cut at the event for the first time since 2010.

McIlroy has never won a green jacket, but he did turn in five-straight top 10s at the Masters from 2014-18 and finished tied for fifth two years ago.

The 2022 Masters will be held April 7-10.