McIlroy shows progress with final-round 65

Rory McIlroy reacts to a missed putt on the fourth green during the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He was bogey-free en route to a 7-under 65.

Rory McIlroy reacts to a missed putt on the fourth green during the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He was bogey-free en route to a 7-under 65.

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Avondale, LA - TPC Louisiana

7:57:23 AM ET. 04/24/2014




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DORAL, Fla. – It was good enough to earn Donald Trump’s approval. Rory McIlroy received a thumbs-up and congratulations from Doral’s owner after dissecting his final-round 65 for the press.

McIlroy had worked his way into the top-10 after making five birdies, an eagle and no bogeys Sunday at Doral. The score gave McIlroy reason for optimism as he entered a two-week break before his next start at the Shell Houston Open. Then it’s on to Augusta.

“To play a round out there today with the conditions the way they are was very pleasing,” McIlroy said. “It was pleasing to see some of the shots I hit out there and be able to convert some of them on the greens, too. It was a good score out there, and a lot of positive signs going into the next few weeks.

McIlroy said he still is at the point where he has to think through his swing, instead of playing instinctively. He said he had a revelation on the range after his first-round 73. He broke par in his final three rounds, shooting 69-71-65.

“A day like today felt like a long way away, if I’m honest,” McIlroy said. “That’s been one of my problems: I always think when I’m playing bad that it’s further away than it is.”

McIlroy started Sunday with an eagle at the par-5 first after hitting his 7-iron second shot to 18 feet. He also birdied the par-4 fifth hole to make the turn in 3-under 33. He birdied four holes on the back nine – Nos. 10, 11, 16 and 17. McIlroy hit 10 of 14 fairways Sunday and 15 greens, his best figures of the week.

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