McIlroy wanted Masters jacket for wedding ceremony

Patience is always a primary requisite to winning the US Masters and it seems Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy will need it in spades if he is to win the only major championship to elude him so far.

Getting married in two weeks’ time, there is nothing McIlroy would have loved more than wearing a Masters Green Jacket up the aisle when he ties the knot with American-born Erica Stroll at Ashford Castle in Ireland…providing Augusta chairman Billy Payne and Augusta members had no objection to that, of course.

Rory McIlory Rory McIlroy (Credit: DP World)

Yet a final-round 69 was only enough for McIlroy to have another top-10 finish in the event he covets so much.

While it was his lowest round of the week, it got him nowhere near the winner Sergio Garcia.

“My golf continues to go in the right direction and every time I come back here I feel I have more and more chance to win,” said the world No. 2.

“So hopefully when I come back here next year for my 10th Masters it will be a case of 10th time lucky.”

“Coming off the golf course now I am frustrated but I am also encouraged again by how I felt going around the course for the four days.”

“I felt comfortable. I felt like I had a really good chance…I prepared really well.”

“It was quite a consistent steady Masters for me but it just wasn’t quite good enough.”

“I felt like I had an opportunity on Saturday with a score in the high 60s that would have got me closer, but I just didn’t to that.”

McIlroy will now focus on his wedding, a honeymoon where he plans to get away from it all for 10 days and then return refreshed and ready to go at The Players Championship before a serious crack at the US Open.

“I’m excited to be getting married…it’s a great time in my life,” he said.

“I will come back to the Players refreshed, as a married man and start a new chapter in my life.”