McIlroy satisfied with progress in Masters tune-up

Rory McIlroy admits he isn't yet playing his best golf, but he was pleased with what he got out of his weekend at Bay Hill.

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy admits he’s no bookie, but after failing to mount a serious charge in any of his three starts on the PGA Tour’s Florida Swing, he hardly feels like the Masters favorite.

“I guess if you go on form, then probably no. But it depends how far you take that form back and you’ve got to look at previous results there and all that stuff,” he said. “I mean, there’s a lot of guys that are playing well to be up there, but maybe not the favorite.”

McIlroy birdied the final hole at Bay Hill for a 2-under 70 and a 72-hole total of 11-under 277. McIlroy said he is pleased enough with his progress this week that he won’t even think of an 11th-hour entry into the Shell Houston Open, the final stop before Augusta.

“I feel like I got what I wanted out of the week,” said McIlroy, who finished in a share of 11th place. “I like this tournament, I like this golf course and no doubt I’ll be back.”

Now, he turns his attention to the Masters, where he is seeking his third consecutive major title and attempting to complete the career grand slam.

McIlroy said his wedge game from 120 yards and in must be sharper, but he considers himself in a good position with two weeks to prepare for the Masters.

“I sort of like that because of if I had played really well the last few weeks how do I keep this going?” McIlroy said. “You know, it’s almost like it’s nice to be able to try and build yourself up.”


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