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If play is poor, McIlroy might add events before Masters

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DORAL, Fla. – Rory McIlroy left the door open to add an event or two before The Masters. Right now, he only plans to play this week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and the Shell Houston Open before driving down Magnolia Lane next month.

But that could change.

“I was waiting to see how I was going to do this week and then make a decision from there,” McIlroy said Wednesday at Doral. “I know if I want to play Tampa next week I’ve got to enter by Friday and obviously there’s Bay Hill after that.

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“I feel I’ve made some progress over the last few days, so the likelihood is I probably won’t add an event. It all depends on how I feel with my game and how I feel out there on the course.”

McIlroy has only played four-and-a-half rounds of competitive golf this year. He missed the cut in Abu Dhabi, was ousted in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play and withdrew midway through the second round last week at the Honda Classic.

There isn’t a cut this week so he’s guaranteed to play four full rounds. After a two-week break, he’ll play in Houston, then the Masters is two weeks after that.