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Rory McIlroy to improve mental approach after unwanted PGA record at Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Phil Casey

Published 21/03/2016

Rough going: Rory McIlroy had a disappointing weekend
Rough going: Rory McIlroy had a disappointing weekend

Rory McIlroy admitted he has to improve his mental approach after claiming an unwanted record despite finishing a frustrating week in style in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

McIlroy carded two eagles and five birdies in a closing 65 to finish six under par at Bay Hill, but a double bogey on the 14th was his sixth of the week and his most ever in a PGA Tour event.

Jason Day survived a roller coaster final round to complete a wire-to-wire victory and move above McIlroy to second in the world rankings.

Day carded five birdies and three bogeys in a closing 70 to finish 17 under par, a shot ahead of American Kevin Chappell.

Four-time major winner McIlroy was never in contention for a first win of the season after shooting 75 in his first and third rounds, but could take the positives from a 67 on Friday and yesterday's score, which he completed by holing from 60 feet for birdie on the 18th.

"Bryson (DeChambeau) and myself both got off to a great start and I think we fed off one another early on and we were just trying to keep it going," said McIlroy, who chipped in for an eagle on the sixth.

"I hit a little bit of a lull at the start of the back nine when I was really trying to push on and make a few more birdies but made up for that with my finish on the last three holes. It's a nice way to round off the week. I was really disappointed coming off the course yesterday after feeling like my game was in really good shape coming here.

"I just need to eradicate my mistakes.

"Even today I threw in a double bogey, which has sort of been the story of, not just my week, but my year so far. If I can get rid of those mistakes there is no reason why I can't go on and contend a lot of weeks this year.

"I just can't beat myself up mentally; that's something that I have done this week.

Rory McIlroy caps off round with birdie at No. 18

Round the day: Rory McIlroyPutt of the day: Rory McIlroyHe caps off his final-round 65 with this 59-foot birdie.

Posted by PGA TOUR on Sunday, 20 March 2016

"I've really beaten myself up for hitting bad shots and making mistakes."

Graeme McDowell failed to make the cut on three over.

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