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Rory's 'bunker mentality' tip; HOTLINE SPECIAL.

Byline: REPORTING TEAM Alan Nixon, Steve Bates Tom Hopkinson, Dean Jones, Alan Oliver, Mel Henderson

RORY McILROY must forget all his troubles and try to develop a stress-free mentality to win the US Open at Augusta this week.

That's the verdict of green jacket champ Justin Rose, who fears that all the off-course activity in McIlroy's life will take its toll.

The Ulsterman has been in a legal wrangle with his management group and sponsors, struggled to cope with new golf clubs and become engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki over the last 12 months.

Rose explained: "With so many other things going on in Rory's life away from golf there were bound to be difficulties.

"It shows that none of us are immune from having an imbalance in our lives.

"They impact on your golf. I expected Rory to be back to his best by now but even a simple thing such as building a house can become a big distraction."

McIlroy went a year without a win until the Australian Open four months ago.

But instead of that victory being the turning point, he fell apart in February's Honda Classic when leading the event.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Apr 6, 2014
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