Cape Town - Former Europe Ryder Cup captain Paul
McGinley feels Rory McIlroy's defeat against Tiger Woods at the WGC Dell
Technologies Championship could spark the Northern Irishman back into
action ahead of next week's Masters.
McIlroy was in top form heading into the heavyweight clash with Woods
but his brilliance deserted him as he went down 2&1 to the 14-time
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McGinley believes the alarming drop in McIlroy's performance levels
should be a worry but could also spur him on to improve ahead of the
first major of the year at Augusta that starts on 11 April.
In quotes published in the Belfast Telegraph, McGinley said: "It was
a worry no doubt. Not so much losing to Tiger Woods, but the fact that
his performance dropped so much.
"His putting performance fell off a cliff. Of the 16 players playing that morning, he was last in putting for that one day.
"But the important thing is that he would have learned from it, and
maybe it's a really good thing that he came off the boil a little bit
going into Augusta because it will make him go away and analyse what
happened in that round."