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  • Rory has best Masters finish yet, but leaves frustrated

  • Rory McIlroy carded a 3-under 69 in the final round of the Masters. (Harry How/Getty Images) Rory McIlroy carded a 3-under 69 in the final round of the Masters. (Harry How/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Rory McIlroy had his best round of the week Sunday, shooting a 3-under 69 for his best career finish at the Masters, but none of it added up to a Green Jacket.

"It's been a frustrating week, because I felt like from tee‑to‑green I played as good as the leaders," said McIlroy, who tied for 10th with an even-par 288 total. "I don't think I've ever played as good tee‑to‑green around this course as I have this week. I just need to take some more chances that I've given myself on the greens."

Playing the par 5s in even par certainly didn't help any.

By contrast, Bubba Watson played them in 8 under.

"You just can't do that out here," McIlroy continued. "You're looking to play the par 5s somewhere around 10 to 12‑under par. And obviously if I had done that it would have been a different story."

Instead, McIlroy again left Augusta National baffled. It's not the first time.

A third-round 79 to knock him from contention a year ago. A weekend of 77-76 the year before. The final-round 80 in 2011.

This week it was a 77 in the second round that ultimately proved to be his undoing.

This was McIlroy's sixth Masters but at the ripe age of 24 he's still learning how to get around at Augusta National.

"I love the golf course," he said. "I love playing it, and I know I can do well here. It's just a matter of making the most of my chances because I gave myself plenty of chances here this week."

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