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If there was a positive for McIlroy it is that he seems to be beginning to feel very much at home on Augusta National, where he famously imploded in 2011 after taking a four-shot lead into the final round. A year ago, he was one off the lead going into the weekend, only to close with 77-76 and tie for 40th.

“Everything felt good but every time I did something good I gave it back,” McIlroy said. “And around this course you can’t do that.”