McIlroy happy with his Masterly finish

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Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy carded six birdies in his closing 10 holes to end his Masters debut in great style.

Northern Ireland’s 19-year-old Rory McIlroy carded six birdies in his closing 10 holes to end his Masters debut in great style.

McIlroy, who won the Dubai Desert Classic in February and has risen to 17th in the world rankings, shot a final round 70 to finish tied 20th.

“It was a lovely way to end the week,” he said. “Overall I haven’t played as well as I would have wanted to, but it is a pretty respectable finish. It has been a great week.”

McIlroy admitted he got caught up in the final-round excitement despite being well adrift of the leaders.

“I looked up at the leaderboard and saw Phil (Mickelson) had got to nine under after seven holes and was laughing, thinking this would be great to watch on TV.”

As for his own performance, he added: “It has been a good first Masters for me but I was hoping to do a little better and hopefully I can do better in the final three majors of the year.

“I have got to know the course so much better and when I come back next year I will know it.”

McIlroy narrowly avoided disqualification on Friday night after kicking the sand in frustration in a bunker at 18 after fluffing his chip shot.

“I have learned not to dance in the bunker,” he joked.

McIlroy was cleared of infringing the rules but the triple-bogey seven there virtually ended his title hopes.

“If I could have finished on Friday the way I did today I would still be out there,” he said. “It is all part of the learning curve.

“I have hopefully got a lot more Masters to play and if I get in that position again I will hopefully know what to do.”

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