First, McIlroy, who finished second at last week's Texas Open, talked about how special it is to be in Augusta:
I'm a very privileged position, I'm lucky to be out here doing what I'm doing.
Then on the Texas Open last week:
I got what I wanted out of it in terms of playing more competitive golf. I think a bonus was getting into contention and I thought how I played when I got into contention was pretty pleasing.
Doral was the place I felt like I turned the corner with my golf swing. Last week wasn't about golf swing, it was just about getting competitive play. I felt like I accomplished that.
On Tiger Woods:
I don't see myself as a rival to Tiger or to anyone in that fact. When you speak of rivals you tend to speak of rivals who have had similar success. He's got 77 Tour titles; I've got six. He's got 14 majors; I've got two. If I saw myself a rival to Tiger, I wouldn't be doing him much justice.
And on how he feels about his game this week:
Would anything less than a win be a disappointment this week? Yeah, it would be.
I've always said the main golf season is from the start of April to the end of August. That's when I want to play my best golf.
He also talked about how much he loves the Masters:
Growing up watching this on TV, it's a special place. It's a place that's very special to me and very special to probably a lot of people in this room. I don't know if I can explain it, every time you drive in the gates here is a big thrill.
It's my favorite tournament of the year.
On 14-year-old Guan Tianlang:
He could play in, what, 60 Masters? What's this, the 77th? So he could actually double it, really.
And finally on his Nike clubs:
They're a part of me.
I agree with him on that last issue; the clubs are a nonissue now. McIlroy has two top-10s in his last three events and is now searching for his first top-10 finish at the Masters.