Rory McIlroy has arrived at Augusta in confident mood and says that his only aim for this week is to come away with the Masters green jacket.
The world number two's decision to play in Texas last week paid off as he finished second behind Martin Laird, but more importantly he has found his swing and his confidence again ahead of the opening major of the season.
"Preparations are going well, I got here Sunday night and played the front nine yesterday," McIlroy said during his press conference at Augusta. "The course is pretty similar to last year, there's just a couple of little adjustments to the 14th green.
"Tiger's been on Tour 12 more years than me or something like that. When you speak of rivals you tend to speak about players with similar success, well, he's won 77 PGA Tour events, I've got six, he's got 14 majors I've got two, so if I was to put myself as a rival to tiger it wouldn't be doing myself much justice."
"It's just about getting a feel for the place again. Familiarising yourself with where you want to be off the tee and where to hit it on the green, it's obviously a very strategic golf course.
"Last week went almost perfectly, I got what I wanted out of it in terms of playing competitive golf and shooting a score, a bonus was getting into contention and how I played when I got into contention was pleasing.
"I chased Martin hard down the back nine, most Sundays when you shoot 66 it's going to be enough but I just got beaten by an unbelievable round that day. So I got a lot out of last week and I'm bringing a nice bit of confidence into this week."
McIlroy, who suffered his infamous Masters meltdown just before winning his first major at the 2011 US Open, says that his only aim is to walk away this week with the green jacket.
"Every time you come to Augusta you want to win that green jacket and every time that you don't it's another chance missed I guess.
"If I'm sitting here on Sunday night and I've finished second and given it my all I won't be too disappointed, but your ultimate goal is to win the tournament."
McIlroy says he is finally getting to grips with his game and his new Nike equipment, especially now he seems to have settled on a new driver which suits him well.
"Mostly it's been my long game, my driving and iron play that's had the most growth, the way I'd been driving the ball at the start of the year I needed a good short game just to get around the golf course!
"Off the tee has been a big improvement, it was a bit of an adjustment period getting a driver that suited me, but now you get some confidence when you're driving well and hitting the fairways more and giving yourself iron shots from good positions."
And as for being Tiger Woods' big rival, McIlroy insists he will not feel that way until he has tasted somewhere close to the world number one's illustrious career.
"I don't see myself as a rival to Tiger, or to anyone in fact," McIlroy added.
"Tiger's been on Tour 12 more years than me or something like that. When you speak of rivals you tend to speak about players with similar success, well, he's won 77 PGA Tour events, I've got six, he's got 14 majors, I've got two, so if I was to put myself as a rival to Tiger it wouldn't be doing myself much justice."