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McIlroy more into Masters prep than reclaiming No.1

Rory McIlroy is more concerned with playing well in his final tuneup event ahead of next month’s Masters rather than reclaiming the world No.1 spot.

Tiger Woods recaptured the top ranking for the first time since October of 2010 by taking his third US PGA triumph of the year on Monday at Bay Hill, adding the Arnold Palmer Invitational to wins at Torrey Pines and Doral.

McIlroy, who has struggled in the early going this year as he adjusts to new clubs, would take back the top ranking with a victory in this week’s $6.2 million Houston Open at par-72 Redstone Golf Club, which starts Thursday.

‘It’s always nice to say that you’re on top of the world and top of the rankings, but if you play the golf that you want to and win the tournaments that you want to, then that takes care of itself,’ McIlroy said.

‘Getting into contention is the main goal, try to have a chance to win on Sunday. We’ll go from there.’

‘I didn’t think I could go into the Masters under the radar,’ McIlroy said. ‘I can sort of go in a little bit underneath him, so in a way it’s not a bad thing. ‘It’s great for golf to have him playing well and hopefully I can just try and keep up with him.’   
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