Rory McIlroy finishes among the also-rans at The Masters
Rory McIlroy finished a frustrating Masters on a high note as he signed off with a three-under 69.
Last Updated: 14/04/13 11:45pm
The 23-year-old was just three shots off the lead midway through his third round, but a back-nine 42 - including two sevens - ended his hopes of a third major.
The world No 2 salvaged some pride with a confident final 18 holes featuring four birdies and just one mistake at the fourth as he closed on two over par.
"I know I've played good enough golf here to win, it's just a matter of stringing it all together," McIlroy said. "I was in a good position and did not quite have it all on Saturday and that really cost me.
"You have to be right on your game for 72 holes here, I played a five-hole stretch in five over and that was really it. I played nicely again today, if I just limit the mistakes from Saturday I am right there.
"It's frustrating. Sometimes you hit a good shot and all of a sudden it's off the green; it is what it is and you have to embrace it. It's Augusta and you're going to get some good bounces, you're going to get some bad. It will all even out in the end.
"My misses have been wide and that's the thing that I need to sort out. A perfect example is the 11th yesterday. Instead of just missing it in the right rough you miss it 20 yards in the trees and you don't have any shot.
"And then all of a sudden you chip it out and then you put your third in the water and it's tough."
As for his preparation, McIlroy added: "This is the first year I have not come here beforehand and I quite like that because you can over think it.
"If you're here for three or four days in advance it almost gets too much. It was nice to play the week before and not come and have a round, because apart a slight change on the 14th green, it hasn't really changed.
"And the course is so different from Wednesday night to Thursday morning anyway that it almost isn't worth it."