McIlroy: my performance deserved better

Rory McIlroy looking forward to seeing the back of poa annua grass as he heads to the Honda Classic. 

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018
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Rory McIlroy feels his performance at the Genesis Open warranted a better return than T-20, following a final round 68 - his lowest score of the week.

“I feel like the position that I finished didn’t quite reflect how I played,” McIlroy said. “I feel like I played better than finishing whatever it is, 25th or whatever it’s going to be. I feel good about my game, just need to sharpen up a couple little areas here and there. But for the most part it’s been OK.”

The Northern Irishman is packing eight events into his early 2018 schedule leading into the Masters, the last major he needs to complete the Grand Slam.

After promising outings in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the four-time major champion missed the cut at Pebble Beach, before a decent display at Riviera last week. 

His putting was woeful at Pebble, and McIlroy admitted he was looking forward to getting off the poa annua grass and onto a bermuda surface at the Honda Classic next week.

“It was nice to play sort of early the last couple days, the greens didn’t get too crusty or too bumpy. I felt like even coming down the last few holes there, they were still good surfaces,” McIlroy said. “Nice to get back onto Bermuda and surfaces being a little truer than what we’ve experienced the last couple weeks.”

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