• Rory satisfied despite another slip

    Rory McIlroy
    Rory blamed his putter

    Rory McIlroy, paired in the final group with Gary Woodland, refused to get too hard on himself after failing to land the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

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    The four-time Major winner, who will play most of his golf in America in 2019, was a non-runner in the final round at Kapalua Resort, with Woodland finishing one short of Xander Schauffele in the year’s first event.

    ‘My attitude was much better. I didn’t press at all, I was very patient,’ said McIlroy, who returned to a TaylorMade Spider putter for the week.

    ‘I obviously could have shot a better score, but I did what I wanted to do, gave myself plenty of chances, just couldn’t get the ball to drop.

    ‘It’s just something I am going to have to persist with, keep putting myself in these situations,’ he added.

    The Northern Irishman has now gone 0-7 when in the final group, with his latest miss being added to high-profile slips at The Masters, the World Golf Championships – FedEx St Jude Invitational, the BMW Championship and TOUR Championship, the Dubai Desert Classic and the European PGA Championship.

    ‘I don’t think anyone could have lived with Xander today.’

    Photo: Getty Images

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