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Rory McIlroy aiming to seize initiative at Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Phil Casey

Published 17/03/2016

Cap fits: Rory McIlroy duringyesterday’s practice round
Cap fits: Rory McIlroy duringyesterday’s practice round

Rory McIlroy will revert to his usual aggressive approach in the Arnold Palmer Invitational - which begins today - as he looks to bounce back from squandering a four-shot lead in his last event.

Ulsterman McIlroy took a three-shot lead into the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship 11 days ago before moving another stroke clear.

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However, the World No.2 paid the price for a conservative strategy and struggled to a closing 74 as Adam Scott recovered from a six-shot deficit to win.

It was the first time McIlroy had failed to convert a lead of three shots or more after 54 holes since collapsing to a closing 80 in the 2011 Masters, but the 26-year-old believes he has learned from the experience.

"It's a tough one because if I go out there and shoot 71, I win the tournament," McIlroy told his pre-tournament press conference at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which will have a prize fund of USD $8.7m from 2017.

"I was playing smart and hitting it to 30 feet but you're not going to make birdies or make gains by doing that.

"Three bogeys on a day like that wasn't too bad but to only make one birdie I felt was my downfall and if I had to take it back, I would have played a little bit more aggressively."

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