• "It's really holding me back," said the 26-year-old
• Finished six shots behind winner Danny Willett
RORY MCILROY | THE MASTERS
Rory McIlroy admitted that he bowed to the pressure of the Grand Slam over the weekend as he saw a great chance to win The Masters slip from his grasp.
In truth, for the Northern Irishman, most of the damage was done on Saturday where, playing in the final group with Jordan Spieth, he recorded a birdie-free round of 77, placing him five shots behind the American heading into Sunday.
And any faint glimpse of a miraculous final round was ended abruptly as he played the first five holes in two-over-par before making a slight recovery to finish the tournament on one-over-par and six shots behind winner Danny Willett.
“Well, I was in a great position going into the weekend, a shot back in the final group on Saturday and I just didn't play the golf I needed to when it really mattered,” said McIlroy.
“That's the thing that I take away not just from this week, but from previous Masters. I've been in position before and I haven't got the job done when I needed to and I don't think that's anything to do with my game, I think that's more me mentally and I'm trying to deal with the pressure of it and the thrill of the achievement if it were to happen. I think that's the thing that's really holding me back.
“So, the more times I can get in position to win this tournament, the more times I'll learn and I'll know what not to do. And I feel like I learned a lot yesterday reflecting on it and that's something that hopefully I'll do differently.”
The result marks McIlroy’s third successive top ten at The Masters, but how long do you think it’ll be before he claims the Green Jacket?
Rory McIlroy :: Will he win The Masters?
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