Golf

Poor finish at Augusta not all bad for McIlroy

Share This Story

   
 

AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP)

Rory McIlroy might be a good pick for anyone looking for an early U.S. Open favorite.

The world's No. 2 player tied for 25th at the Masters on Sunday, finishing 11 shots behind winner Adam Scott. The last two times McIlroy left Augusta National disappointed, he went on to collect majors later in the season.

Two months after his spectacular back nine collapse at the 2011 Masters, he won the U.S. Open in record fashion. He plummeted off the Augusta National leaderboard on Saturday last year, then picked up the PGA Championship in August.

''I'll take any,'' the Northern Irishman said. ''I feel like my game's definitely heading in the right direction, I'm hitting all the shots. It's just a matter of committing to them all the time.''

McIlroy conceded earlier in the week that the adjustment to his new clubs - which came as part of a huge endorsement deal with Nike - had taken some time. But he said his driving had improved greatly and he was gaining confidence with every round he played.

The clubs weren't his problem this week, McIlroy said. In fact, if not for a 10-hole stretch Saturday in which he dropped eight strokes, he could have been right there in the hunt with Scott and Angel Cabrera.

''If I didn't play that bad stretch of holes like that, I would be a few under par and I would be right in the mix,'' McIlroy said. ''But I'm on the right track going forward. I'm comfortable with my golf game. The equipment hasn't been an issue all year, it was more just me. So I'm happy where I'm heading and I've got a few really good events coming up I'm looking forward to those.''

He's looking forward to coming back to the Masters, too.

Though his results don't show it, McIlroy has proven he knows how to play this course. His 3-under 69 on Sunday matched the third-best score of the day. In the last three years at Augusta, he's had only four rounds above par.

''I know I've played good enough golf here to win it at times, it's just a matter of stringing it all together in one week,'' he said. ''I'm learning each and every year around here. And I still got plenty of more years to try and get one of those jackets.''

Tagged: Rory McIlroy

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



GOLF Videos

Can Tiger Woods recapture British Open magic Posted: Jul 14, 2014
Robert Lusetich looks back at Tiger Woods' past and ahead to his future at the B...

Will Mickelson win the British Open again? Posted: Jul 14, 2014
FOX Sports 1 golf analyst Robert Lusetich discusses Phil Mickelson's chances of ...

Mickelson looks to hit his stride Posted: Jul 14, 2014
Phil Mickelson discusses his up-and-down 2014 season.

Fox Sports Store