Published Monday, 12 May 2014
Rory McIlroy hits his approach shot on the fifth hole during the final round. (© Getty)
The 25-year-old from Holywood scored 66 in his final round to leave him on -9, four shots behind winner Martin Kaymer.
McIlroy started his fourth round with a bogey but went on to hit eight birdies, including two runs of three consecutive birdies from holes 10 to 12 and from 16 to 18.
He was left to rue his poor form earlier at Sawgrass, which had seen him struggle to avoid missing the cut after round three, but said he will take away plenty of positives.
McIlroy tweeted: "If only I could get myself in better positions after 2 days! Another top 10 and another good weekend! Plenty of positives going forward!
"Very happy for Martin! One of the nicest guys on tour... Clutch putt on 17! Major champ, Ryder cup winner and players champ.. #bigtimeplayer."
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