PGA Tour

McIlroy has learnt his lesson

2014-03-06 11:45
Rory McIlroy (AFP)

Miami - Squandering a late lead last weekend has taught Rory McIlroy a valuable lesson heading into this week's World Golf Championships at Doral and next month's Masters.

The 24-year-old Northern Irishman led through the first three rounds of the Honda Classic and most of the fourth, but took a double bogey at 16, a bogey at 17, missed an 11-foot eagle putt at 18 for the win and lost a playoff to Russell Henley.

"I was just disappointed with how I played coming down the stretch. It obviously wasn't what I would have liked," McIlroy said Wednesday.

"But plenty of positives. Getting myself in position to win. It was my third stroke-play event of the year and third chance to win.

"So if you keep giving yourself those chances, then hopefully learn from the mistakes, then you're going to eventually walk through the door and win and then when you get into the habit of it, it becomes a bit easier."

McIlroy will test himself against the world's best again this week at the $9 million WGC Cadillac Championship.

"I feel like my game is there to get into contention again this week and that's what I'll try and do," McIlroy said. "I've been in contention every time that I've teed it up (this year) so I'm happy with that."

McIlroy said he has firm plans should he be in the hunt again this weekend.

"I'm not saying that I felt uncomfortable, but I just maybe didn't make as committed swings as I should have at some points during the back nine last week," McIlroy said.

"But I know that, and if I get myself into that position again this week, I'll try and do a better job of seeing my shots and making more committed swings."

McIlroy finds Doral's Blue Monster course a vastly altered layout from last year, thanks to new owner Donald Trump's expensive revamp.

"You have a sense of the surroundings, but it is so different," McIlroy said.

"There's a lot of holes that have changed drastically and are nothing like what they were last year. So what they have done in a year is phenomenal. It just shows what you can do with a bit of hard work and a bit of cash."

Tiger Woods will play despite a back injury Sunday that forced him out of the Honda Classic.

Woods seems ever-present to McIlroy this week, although that's because he is staying at Doral's Tiger Woods Villa.

"There are pictures all over my room of him," McIlroy said. "I sent him a message last night: can't get away from you here, I can't go to the bathroom without looking at you.

"It's not like you're coming into the tournament thinking of one particular player, but obviously if Tiger's not 100 percent it makes it a little easier on the field for sure."

Read more on:    rory mcilroy  |  golf
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Horsey leads Russian Open

2014-07-25 22:27

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 @
    04:00
  • SS4:
    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 @
    05:00
  • SS5:
    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 @
    06:00
  • Blitz
    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 @
    07:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.