McIlroy disappointed with form ahead of Masters

Sun Mar 8, 2015 6:48pm EDT
 
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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - With one tournament left to prepare for his bid to complete a career grand slam at next month's Masters, Rory McIlroy says he is disappointed with his form and his 'tentative' approach to shots.

The world number one shot an even-par 72 in the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Sunday, leaving him one-under for the week and well back of the leaders.

A frustrating week, which included the Northern Irishman's infamous tossing of a three-iron into a pond and in which his ball-striking has been below his standards, ended with a double-bogey at the 18th.

"The game's just not quite there. I've got a week off now to try and work on it a little bit," said McIlroy, who missed the cut at last week's Honda Classic.

"I am pretty disappointed with how I played overall. I felt it was a little better again today for the most part but a bit of a disappointing finish. But it's just not quite 100 percent."

McIlroy will visit Augusta National next week for a friendly round with his father and Super Bowl winning-quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots before heading to Bay Hill, Orlando, for the March 19-22 Arnold Palmer Invitational, his last scheduled event before the Masters.

Asked whether he had any alarm bells ringing ahead of the April 9-12 Masters, McIlroy was frank: "My inability to hit the ball right-to-left isn't something that you want going into Augusta. It is something I want to try and work on a little bit.

"Statistically, I hit the ball better. Still it's just not quite as comfortable as I would like.   Continued...

 
Rory McIlroy reacts to his tee shot on the second hole hole during the third round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship golf tournament at TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral. Mar 7, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports