McIlroy: I got what I wanted

Rory McIlroy feels he got the desired result out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational this weekend.

The Northern Irishman believes he has done the work needed to compete at the Masters next month (he’s still the 9/2 favourite with Paddy Power), despite finishing eight shots off the pace at Bay Hill on Sunday.

The world number one closed with a two under 70 at the weekend. However, he will be buoyed by his six under 66 on Friday, which included a run of five birdies in a row.

“I feel like I got what I wanted out of the week, four good competitive rounds,” the 25-year-old told Sky Sports.

“I saw some progress on some of the things I was working on last week, but I still need to work on some things ahead of Augusta.

“It would have been nice to get into contention and feel what is was like to have a chance to win but I am happy with my progress and have another couple of weeks to work on some things and hopefully go to Augusta ready.”

McIlroy was in scintillating form in the latter half of 2014, winning back-to-back Majors at The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. Add his 2011 US Open win to that and the talented youngster is just one Masters win away from a career Grand Slam.

“I am excited going there with the opportunity to achieve three in a row, the career grand slam,” he added.

“It’s a nice position to be in. I’m going to embrace it, try not to build it up too much. I know it’s a big deal but hopefully I can get my game as good as I possibly can. It wasn’t quite the way I wanted to finish but it gives me what I need the next couple of weeks preparing for Augusta. I definitely feel like I’ve taken some strides in the right direction.

“There’s still a few things in my game I need to tidy up and work on but what I was working on last week, I feel like I’ve made progress in that and I’ve got a couple of weeks to work on some more stuff and hopefully be ready for the start of April.”

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