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Rory McIlroy was exactly where he was on Thursday afternoon. He was standing in the middle of a fairway at the Augusta National Golf Club. His hands covered his face and looked like he’d rather be at the foot of a tributary of Rae’s Creek, which is where his ball resided. Masters can dig into the deepest, darkest crevices of the mind. A CT scan of McIlroy’s head would almost certainly reveal his logo.

A decade ago, a strutting, bouncing, curly-haired boy from Northern Ireland had a four-shot lead on Sunday at the Masters – and then imploded with an ’80s hideout. To say the 31 year old husband and father who has not recovered is too simplistic because he won his next start at a big championship because he was number 1 in the world last summer because of his Talent is evident and enormous.

But McIlroy now has a story in Augusta and it’s not entirely tasty. It’s relevant annually because if he won there he would join the most elite group in the history of the sport: those who would win all four majors. This is the king of golf: Tiger and Jack and Hogan and Saracens and players.