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Rory's 65 in Houston a confidence booster heading to Masters

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HUMBLE, TexasRory McIlroy ended the Shell Houston Open with his first sub-70 score in his last nine rounds.

Even better? He could be in Augusta, Ga., by the time a soggy champion is crowned here.

Playing in the first group off Sunday, McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 to move into the top 10 at the Golf Club of Houston Open.

“I couldn’t ask for much more heading into next week,” he said.

Indeed, McIlroy ramped up already soaring expectations with his best round since an opening 63 at the Honda Classic. True, the world No. 7 had little pressure in the final round, beginning his day 14 shots off the lead, but he now will head into the Masters brimming with confidence.

When he finished his round, he was ranked inside the top 10 in both driving distance and proximity to the hole.

“It’s nice to see some of the game I have coming through today,” he said.