And the world number one has revealed how his final-round collapse at Augusta National in 2011 was the most important day of his career.
McIlroy is looking to claim his first green jacket and become just the sixth player to win all four major titles after Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
“For me now it’s a career-long goal to win there to achieve something that only a handful of players have ever achieved,” the 25-year-old told BBC Northern Ireland. “There’s something special I can achieve going into Augusta this year. You are a complete player if you can win every major because they are on different golf courses, different tests, different conditions. “Not many guys have done it in history so to put my name there would be awesome. It would just be incredible. You feel the sense of what can be achieved but I can’t think about that too much. I just have to think about trying to go out there and playing as best as I can and if I can do that hopefully my scores add up to a shot lower than anyone else’s.”
The 25-year-old cannot picture going through his career without slipping on at least one coveted green jacket.
“During my career, yes it’s unthinkable,” he added. “If I don’t win it this year...either it’s not the right time or it isn’t your time. If I was to look back as a 60-year-old on my career and not have won a green jacket I’d obviously be very, very disappointed.
“And not just one. I feel like it’s a course I can do very well at.”