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Masters dream slams shut on Rory McIlroy


By Adam McKendry

Rory McIlroy's bid for the Grand Slam fell flat as he faded out of contention in the final round of the Masters at Augusta National last night.

The Holywood golfer started the day three shots in arrears of overnight leader Patrick Reed, and at one point he had reduced that gap to one stroke, but key bogeys at the 8th and 11th holes put a premature end to his challenge.

His putting, which had been so good leading up to the final round, suddenly failed him again as he missed three putts inside five feet in those opening 11 holes to knock him out of contention.

It ended another frustrating week at Augusta for McIlroy, who finished in the top-10 for the fifth consecutive year but is still waiting to come out on top in the only Major he has yet to win.

The 28-year old will be back, but this is yet another setback for the World No.7, who was so confident in the build-up to the final round.

Overnight leader Reed was the eventual winner, holding off a superb challenge from former champion Jordan Spieth, who shot a final round of 64 in a thrilling conclusion, and Rickie Fowler.

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