Rory McIlroy has been working hard on his game ahead of WGC-Cadillac Championship
Rory McIlroy has been working hard on the shot that he felt let him down at last week's Honda Classic.
Last Updated: 06/03/14 5:52pm
The Northern Irishman insists there were plenty of positives for him to take despite the fact he squandered a three-shot final round lead to eventually lose out in a four-man play-off to Russell Henley.
"It was disappointing I didn't get the win, but if I look at the week as a whole there were so many things I did positive," the 24-year-old stated. "I was up there in the putting stats, drove the ball well again.
"I just didn't play my best golf down the stretch under pressure when I needed to and that was the bottom line.
"I had a really good practice session up in Palm Beach just working on the shot that I struggled with coming down the stretch, which was just that little hold up shot.
"It's a comfortable shot for me. I just didn't execute it well enough on Sunday.
"I can take positives from the week and I've played a practice round here (at Doral) and I'm still playing well, hitting it well and I feel confident I can get myself back in a position to win this week."
Although a seventh PGA Tour victory ultimately eluded him, the two-time major champion is encouraged by the fact he once again put himself in contention to win - a far cry from his early form last season.
Indeed, in his three stroke play starts to date this year, McIlroy has three top-10 finishes and admits he is in a good place both physically and mentally.
"The run of form that I've been on, it does, it validates what I've been working on and what I've been trying to do with my golf game," he continued.
"I'm in a really happy place with where everything is at in my swing. Mentally I feel good. My putting feels good; scrambling. So all aspects of my game I'm happy with.
"It means when you go out to the golf course, you're confident and you're thinking about shooting low scores. You're thinking about getting into contention."
"You're not going to win every event that you play but if you can give yourself at least a chance going into Sunday, then that's all you can really ask of yourself.
"I don't think it's not realistic to sit here and say, I want to win every tournament I play, because ... history shows it's just not possible. But giving yourself a chance and getting yourself into contention is what I expect of myself and everyone knows that I didn't do that enough last year at all.
"I've started this year better because I've been in contention every time that I've teed it up."