April 06, 2014
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Rory Mcilroy matched the low round of the week with his 65 on Sunday at the Shell Houston Open. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HUMBLE, Texas -- Rory McIlroy will take momentum into the Masters after a final-round 65 at the Shell Houston Open. His bogey-free round at the Golf Club of Houston matched the low score of the week.
"It was a good way to end the week, obviously," said McIlroy, who played in the day's first threesome. "I wanted to shoot something in the 60s at least today to give me some positive vibes going into Augusta. I played really well, played really solid from tee-to-green again."
McIlroy hit 13 greens Sunday; it was the third round this week in which he hit 13 or more greens. He also averaged 309.3 yards off the tee. McIlroy's strokes gained putting was -0.633 this week, which ranked in the bottom third of the field.
"I holed the putts that I felt I should hole and just kept the ball in play all day," McIlroy said. "Every time I hit it pretty close, within 10 feet, I holed the putt. It was great to see a few putts like that drop. It's a nice bit of confidence going into next week."
He started the final round in 37th place, but was in the top 10 when he signed his scorecard. He closed the round with a 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.
"I'm happy with how this week went, even though I didn't quite do what I wanted to do in terms of getting in contention," he said. "But I sort of made up for it today. I couldn't be in a better mood getting on the plane and heading over (to Augusta) tonight."
Rory McIlroy’s second shot yields birdie on No. 18 at Shell