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McIlroy in positive frame of mind despite Honda wobble


Rory McIlroy. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

RORY McILROY did not head back to the drawing board after his final round back nine meltdown at the Honda Classic but the Northern Irishman did find time for a refresher course ahead of this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship.

The double major winner had led by three strokes after six holes at the Honda Classic on Sunday and appeared on course for his first PGA Tour win since 2012 before a double bogey at the par four 16th was followed by a bogey at 17.

McIlroy recovered with a birdie at the par five 18th to sneak into a four-way playoff, though he could not stop American Russell Henley from sealing the win.

Rather than frustrate McIlroy, the result identified a small area in which he needed improvement and set to work this week to correct the issue.

"Looking at last week as a whole, definitely a lot of positives to take," said McIlroy. "I was just disappointed with how I played coming down the stretch. It obviously wasn't what I would have liked.

"I had a really good practice session yesterday 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."

The wobbly finish at Palm Beach spoiled what had been a period of encouraging play after he failed to record a win on the PGA Tour last year and live up to his number one ranking.

"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," said McIlroy.

"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."

McIlroy said he does not enter every event believing he is going to win though his goal was to put himself in contention to win every week.

"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," said McIlroy.