McIlroy taking WGC positives to Masters

Despite being knocked out on the semi-finals on Sunday’s WGC-Dell Match Play Championship, Rory McIlroy is feeling confident ahead of the Masters.

A title at Augusta National remains the final feather absent from the northern Irishman’s cap as he looks to complete a career grand slam.

McIlroy met the indomitable Jason Day in the semi-finals of the event on Sunday, losing by one stroke on the final hole. It was his fourth top ten finish of the year so far.

While he failed to defend his WGC title, when McIlroy looks at the bigger picture, he is happy with his game.

“I wish I could have been able to get one more win under my belt but I’m really happy with my game going into Augusta,” the world number three told

“I said coming into this tournament, if I play three rounds or six rounds or even seven rounds match play, feeling like you’re in contention every time you step onto the match tee is a great feeling and is something you cannot replicate in practice.

“So the week has been very positive overall.”

The first major of the year tees of at Augusta National in Georgia on April 7.