Rory McIlroy was left to rue 9 poor holes in his opening spherical as his bid to finish the profession Grand Slam with a Masters victory was placed on maintain for no less than 5 extra months.
McIlroy led to a tie for fifth place, 9 pictures behind runaway winner Dustin Johnson, regardless of posting a 3rd sub-70 rating in succession with a closing 69.
“I look again on this week and clearly rue what occurred,” mentioned McIlroy.
“Perhaps not on Thursday as a result of I felt I performed OK, however that Friday morning.”
The world quantity 5 added: “After that I performed properly, I hung in there, simply needed to shoot rating to be right here for the weekend and performed a very stable weekend.”
The harm was accomplished within the first spherical when, resuming early on Friday after a delayed begin to the opening day, McIlroy carded 4 bogeys and only one birdie in his remaining 9 holes to shoot a three-over-par 75 – his worst first spherical in 12 begins at Augusta.
Since 2015 the Northern Irishman is a mixed 28 over par within the first spherical of majors and 61 beneath in rounds two, three and 4 and he was all too conscious of the issue this week.
The four-time main champion went on to publish rounds of 66, 67 and 69 to complete on 11 beneath, together with South African Dylan Frittelli – 4 adrift of joint runners-up Cameron Smith and Sung-Jae Im.
The 31-year-old has now completed within the prime 10 in six of the final seven years at Augusta however in 5 of these not likely threatened to win it.
Birdies on the third, sixth and eighth holes noticed McIlroy make a surge up the leaderboard in Sunday’s remaining spherical, then on the again 9 a dropped shot on the tenth was adopted by an extra birdie on 13.
“I wasn’t actually excited about attempting to win the event (on Sunday). Once I received to 11 beneath after the eighth gap I noticed DJ had gone to fifteen beneath and I believed perhaps there is perhaps an opportunity however then the wind received up and it was simply exhausting to make birdies on that again 9.
“I’m happy with my efficiency, particularly during the last three rounds.”
The absence of crowds added to the distinctive feeling of a Masters in November however in some methods it helped among the gamers.
Whether or not that state of affairs would be the similar subsequent April stays to be seen however McIlroy intends to attempt to preserve his extra relaxed strategy then when he continues his quest for a Inexperienced Jacket to finish a full set of majors.
Fatherhood making McIlroy ‘extra relaxed’
Additionally serving to the previous primary’s way of thinking is his new life as a father after the beginning of his first baby, Poppy, in August.
“I am undoubtedly extra relaxed, undoubtedly not as a lot anxiousness or stress,” he mentioned of the environment this week.
“I believe it has been simpler as a result of I get dwelling after I play and my consideration is totally turned to one thing else, it isn’t actually on the golf, I can sit there and play with my daughter and fully get my thoughts off it.
“It is a bit of extra relaxed and I like this vibe a bit of higher.
“Hopefully we get again to regular Masters in just a few months’ time however I’ll attempt to undertake this strategy.”