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Nineteen putts in one round? At Augusta National?

The Masters is two weeks away, and plenty of players have made their way to Augusta, Georgia, in recent weeks to get some practice in.

World No. 3 Rory McIlroy is one of those players. He went last week between missing the cut at the Players Championship and ahead of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. And one of his rounds seems to have been pretty special.

After beating Scott Stallings 3 and 1 in his first match Wednesday at Austin Country Club, McIlroy was asked about a rumor he had 19 putts during one of his practice rounds, and he didn’t exactly shoot that statement down.

Wait, how many putts did Rory have in a practice round at Augusta National last week?

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“Yeah, look, I had two good days,” McIlroy said. “We played 54 holes in two days, and it was good. I was really happy with where my game was.”

McIlroy switched out putters this week, using a Scotty Cameron Newport. And if he’s able to rekindle that old flame, there’s a chance he could slip on a green jacket in two weeks for the first time, completing the career grand slam.

Photos: 2023 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club