McIlroy putting Masters behind him

Rory McIlroy vowed to put his final round at the Masters behind him as he prepares for this week’s Malaysian Open.

Rory McIlroy vowed to put his final-round horrow show at the Masters behind him as he prepares for this week’s Malaysian Open.

McIlroy will be joining the likes of Charl Schwartzel, Martin Kaymer and Open champ Louis Oosthuizen in competing for the $2,500,000 European Tour event this week.

McIlroy pledged to be ready when the event kicks off on Thursday. As far as the Masters is concerned, he simply said he would “get over it”.

“It was a long journey from Augusta, about 30 hours, but I’m looking forward to getting back on the saddle and putting last week’s disappointment behind me,” McIlroy told the Associated Press on Wednesday. “I’ve been excited about this event and never had any intention of pulling out.”

So far the youngster has shown great strength and humility in dealing with the disappointment, even posing alongside eventual champion Schwartzel for a photograph which he posted on his Twitter page. With his arm around Schwartzel, McIlroy’s caption read: “Glad one of us has a green jacket on!!!”

When he tees off in Malaysia on Thursday, he will be playing alongside world number one Martin Kaymer and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, while Schwartzel will be paired up with good friend and fellow major champion Louis Oosthuizen.

McIlroy doesn’t plan any major changes to his approach for Malaysia this week, and says he still plans to play aggressively.

“I can’t wait to get out playing, but a little disappointed my clubs will only be arriving later today. My caddie has been out walking the course and I take a lot of positives from what happened in the Masters,” he said.