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Published: 09:37 | 11/4/16

McIlroy admits Augusta "mental hurdle"

World number three tied for 10th at the Masters

Rory McIlroy says he needs to work on the mental side of his game after another Masters' failure at Augusta.

The Northern Irishman followed Saturday's round of 77 with a one-under-par round 71 to finish tied 10th in the tournament.

However, McIlroy was never really close to securing a first Masters crown, sinking birdies on four of the last six holes only when he was already out of contention for the main prize.

The 26-year-old admits he may be suffering a mental hangover from his 2011 meltdown, where he led by four shots going into the final round only to shoot a final-round 80.

"Well, I was in a great position going into the weekend, a shot back in the final group on Saturday and I just didn't play the golf I needed to when it really mattered," McIlroy said.

"That's the thing that I take away not just from this week, but from previous Masters.

"I've been in position before and I haven't got the job done when I needed to and I don't think that's anything to do with my game, I think that's more me mentally and I'm trying to deal with the pressure of it and the thrill of the achievement if it were to happen.

"I think that's the thing that's really holding me back."

McIlroy has now finished in the top ten at Augusta for the last three years, and the world number three believes he can improve and claim a first Masters win in the coming years.

"The more times I can get in position to win this tournament, the more times I'll learn and I'll know what not to do," he said.

"And I feel like I learned a lot yesterday reflecting on it and that's something that hopefully I'll [learn from] and do things differently."

McIlroy admits he is desperate to complete a career Grand Slam of majors, following his US Open win in 2011, his PGA Championship victories in 2012 and 2014 and his Open success in 2014.

"Yeah, this is the one that I haven't won and this is the one I want to win more than anything else," he said.

"I won a Claret Jug, I want to win more. I won a Wanamaker, I won the U.S. Open, but this is the one that I haven't.

"Once I overcome that mental hurdle that I'm struggling with at the minute, then I know how to play this course, I've played this course very well before, and I can string good rounds together here, but it's just a matter of doing it."

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