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McIlroy out of the mix, but shows improvement


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Considering his previous track record here, Rory McIlroy’s 7-under 281 total at this year’s Players Championship represented marked improvement.

With four birdies in his last six holes Sunday, the world No. 2 shot a final-round 70 and was tied for 12th when he finished his round.

Prior to this week, McIlroy hadn’t made a cut at TPC Sawgrass in three tries. A more conservative approach off the tee helped keep him out of trouble on most holes, though he played the par-5 ninth in 3 over par.

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“Tee to green I thought I played really, really well,” he said. “I just didn’t hole the putts.”

McIlroy didn’t take fewer than 27 putts in any round, while he finished in the top 10 in greens hit.

“If you start seeing putts miss,” he said, “it’s hard to visualize them going in the hole when you’re reading them.”

McIlroy will take next week off before teeing it up at the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. His next stop in the States is the Memorial.

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