McIlroy: I'll bounce back

11/04/2011 10:06:42
Rory McIlroy in trouble on the tenth  (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy in trouble on the tenth (Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy has vowed to bounce back stronger from his final-round nightmare at The Masters.

Four strokes in front after three rounds at Augusta, McIlroy slumped to an 80 on Sunday as his title hopes evaporated.

Still leading as he stood on the tenth tee, the North Irishman took a triple-bogey seven on the first hole of the back nine after his tee shot rebounded off a tree and in among the cabins which sit back from the fairway.

It prompted a disastrous run for the 21 year old and he finished down in a tie for 15th - ten shots behind eventual champion Charl Schwartzel.

"It will be pretty tough for me for the next few days, but I will get over it," vowed McIlroy, when he fronted up to the media afterwards.

"I will be fine. There are a lot worse things that can happen in your life. Shooting a bad score in the last round of a golf tournament is nothing in comparison to what other people go through."

McIlroy expects to learn from the disappointment and feels he will get further chances to land a Major title.

"It is a very disappointing day, obviously, but hopefully I'll learn from it and come back a little stronger," he added.

"It was my first experience of being in the lead going into the last day of a major, and I felt as if I did OK on the front nine, and I was still one shot ahead going into the tenth, and then things went all pear-shaped after that.

"I'll have more chances, I know that."