The Masters: Rory McIlroy comes up short in grand slam bid at Augusta

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Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy was frustrated not to have capitalised on his best chance yet to seal a career grand slam with victory in the Masters.

Since winning the Open Championship in 2014, McIlroy has been a green jacket away from a clean sweep of majors and when he birdied the second hole to get within one of leader Patrick Reed, he was odds-on to win.

But bogeys at the third, fifth, eighth and 11th all but ended his challenge before a three-putt at the 14th hole confirmed for certain that his wait would go on another year.

"I played probably some of the best golf I've ever played here, it just wasn't meant to be," he said.

"Of course it's frustrating and it's hard to take any positives from it right now, but at least I put myself in a position, that's all I've wanted to do.

"For the last four years I've had top 10s but I haven't been close enough to the lead. Today I got myself there, I didn't quite do enough but I'll still come back next year and try again.

"I think 100% I can come back and win here. I've played in two final groups in the last seven years, I've had five top 10s, I play this golf course well. I just haven't played it well enough at the right times.

"The putter let me down a little bit, I just wasn't quite as trusting as I was the first few days and that made a big difference. I was trying to hit good shots and good putts and anytime I felt like I hit a good shot I got myself on the wrong side of the pin or gave myself a tricky one down the hill.

"Then when I did get some chances I didn't take advantage of them. It was a tough day and hopefully I'll be better next time.

"It was like every time I took a step forward I took a step back on the next hole. I had a chance to maybe put a bit more pressure on him than I did and I'd say three and five are the ones that I'd look back on and if I could have made pars there it could have been a different story."

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