McIlroy rues missed chances at Masters

Published Monday, 14 April 2014
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Rory McIlroy took tied 8th at the Masters, eight shots behind winner Bubba Watson.

McIlroy rues missed chances at Masters
McIlroy hits his tee shot on the fourth hole. (© Getty)

The Holywood golfer shot a final round three under par 69 for a level par tournament.

It gave him his best finish in the Masters but McIlroy was left wondering what might have been if not for a second round of 77.

He said: "I don't think I've ever played as good tee to green around this course as I have this week. I just need to take some more chances that I've given myself on the greens.

"I finished even par on the par fives this week and even for the tournament and that's not good enough. You are looking to play them in 10 or 12 under and that would be good enough to win."

Meanwhile fellow Northern Ireland player Darren Clarke shot a 76 to finish nine over.

Watson beat Jordan Spieth and Sweden's Jonas Blixt by three shots after a closing 69 at Augusta National, becoming the 17th player to win more than one green jacket.

It puts him alongside the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson - but Watson was not about to accept the label of an elite player.

"No, no," the 35-year-old left-hander said. "Again, I just got lucky enough to have two green jackets.

"I'm just trying to keep my tour card every year and if people say that I'm a good player, that's great.

"I'm trying to play golf for a living. I'm not trying to play golf for everybody to tell me how great I am or I'm one of the greats of the game. I play golf because I love it. I love the game, I want to grow the game. The game has brought me everything that I've ever owned in my life."

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Michael in Maghera wrote (97 days ago):
Adrian. Well versed comment. You have made it very clear that this 24 year old multi-millionaire Nike sponsored double major winner is a has been. With such insightful comments, i am intrigued to hear of the greatness that you have enjoyed in your world. Pray tell Adrian the great. What is it you do that is so great that gives you the right to make this fine declaration. Tell us the world of your greatness. Was it the Olympics. Marathon runner. Maybe a World cup winner.Let me guess. Have you been to space or came up with a cure for cancer? Or are you just another sofa bound no body who picks fault in a guy who has more success before 8 am every day than you will ever have in your life time. What a classic ass!!!
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (98 days ago):
Has been !
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