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McIlroy: I'll learn from US PGA

Rory McIlroy headed off on holiday on Monday reflecting on another major that got away.

One month ago, the 21-year-old Ulsterman led The Open after an opening 63 and came third. On Sunday he was tied for the lead with four holes to play in the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, but three-putted the 15th and - by missing a 15-foot chance on the last - finished a stroke behind play-off pair Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson.

McIlroy, also third in the event last August, said: "I just needed to find one more shot in any of the four days - it's disappointing. It's the first time I've been in contention in the last round of a major, going out in the second last group. I was feeling it on the first tee and it was a new experience. It will stand me in good stead in the future."

He added: "It's not a bad week, but I would have liked a little bit better.

"I stayed very patient and didn't let anything get to me or my head drop once, which was one of the main objectives.

"It was a tough day and I felt I handled myself well. I feel in myself I am ready to win one."

McIlroy has to wait until next April's Masters for the next chance, but he has the FedEx Cup play-offs coming up - and then his Ryder Cup debut.


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