Frustration was the overriding emotion for Rory McIlroy for the second year running at The Masters
Rory, one of the pre-event favourites saw his challenge disappear on Friday when he carded a second round 77 that saw him scrape into the weekend.
The 24-year-old improved on Saturday and Sunday with rounds of 71/69 to finish on level par, ending the tournament inside the top 10.
“I sort of got it going around the turn. I made three birdies at seven, eight and nine, birdied 11 and then had a decent look at 12,” said Rory.
“I was derailed at 13 a little bit. I only had a nine iron into the green and hit a really good shot straight at it and it came up a foot short of being really good.
“If I had been able to turn that into even just a four and then get a four at 15, maybe pick up a couple of other shots somewhere.
“The shots that I have left out there during the week. I will look back on this week as what could have been.”
In theory, Augusta sets up well for Rory. He came into the tournament on the back of some good form but he has yet to find the right formula for success. He struggled on the greens, and despite his fine, long driving, he failed to take advantage of the par fives.
“I finished even par on the par fives this week and even for the tournament and that’s not good enough. You are looking to play them in 10 under and that would be good enough to win,” he said.
Rory is still waiting for his first win of 2014 but believes things are heading in the right direction.
He added; “The signs are there that my game is in good shape from tee to green.
“If I can just be a little more efficient on the greens and convert some of the chances that I am giving myself, the season looks like it could be a really good one.”
Compatriot Darren Clarke fired a final round four-over 76, which included two double bogeys, three bogeys and three birdies, to finish nine over.
“I actually played quite nicely today, hit a lot of good shots but I had an Augusta day when I got some gusts (of wind) at the wrong times,” said the 2011 Open Champion.
“I got it at 12 and I got it at the first. It just happens that way here.Even the good ones pitched on the wrong side of a little hump. That’s Augusta.
“I was hoping for a little bit better but overall - the course is playing really, really tough -but massive signs of improvement.”