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Rory McIlroy saves best for last but still falls short

RORY McILROY will be left with another feeling of what might have been after a final round of 68 at Augusta left him five under for the tournament.

McIlroy followed error-strewn rounds of 73, 71 and 71 with his best effort of the week yesterday but his wait to complete the career grand slam goes on.

Starting on the tenth hole, four-time major winner McIlroy made an eagle on 13 and birdie on 15.

Further birdies came on the first and second, and even though the Northern Irishman dropped shots on the fourth and sixth, a birdie at the eighth saw him finish his week on a high in Georgia.

‘I got off to a good start today,’ McIlroy said.

‘Starting on the back nine felt kind of strange, it’s kind of nice to get some of those holes out of the way. But I made just a few too many mistakes this week.’

Jordan Spieth, Masters winner in 2015, also signed off for the week on the same five-under score as McIlroy after a closing 71.

Another to finish on five under was England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, who made a final-day 70.

Phil Mickelson closed with a 72, six under for the week. The 48-year-old American great, who will again be aiming to complete a career grand slam at June’s US Open, had his final round undermined by a double bogey six on the tenth.

England’s Tommy Fleetwood has tended to finish majors strongly in recent times but his worst round of the week, 74, came yesterday, leaving him on two under.

golf // the masters

golf // the masters