McIlroy, 29, has also stuck a line, this one still enigmatic. Since January last year he played eight times the last group for the final round, without becoming triumphant. The only title of McIlroy in that piece came to Bay Hill last March when he started the last round in the penultimate group.
To be able to start a suit, McIlroy had to be on the way to the kind of hot start designed by Casey, who had four groups ahead and the first three holes birdied. Johnson started shakily and played the first five holes at once, but McIlroy could not, in spite of making a birdie in the second, pervert the momentum. He found no fairway from the tee to the eighth hole and he missed a birdie pit of 11 feet on the first hole and a 6-footer for par on the fourth.
After playing the first nine in one pass, McIlroy turned to par on number 10, birdied birdied. At that time, McIlroy said that his caddy, Harry Diamond, told him to forget to try to get Johnson and concentrate on consolidating second place.
"I knew at the time that I had no chance, DJ played too well," McIlroy said.
McIlroy covered the last eight holes in five and all he could do was equal to Johnson's last nine.
"I felt like I was standing still," McIlroy said with a laugh. "I made little birds and did not go anywhere."
The other member of the last trio Sunday was Patrick Reed, who was grouped with McIlroy at last year's Masters on Sunday and claimed the green jacket with a 71 for McIlroy & # 39; s 74. That was McIlroy's second cubic zirconia in the shiny string. fourth was the World Golf Championships event in Ohio, where he could not overcome Thomas's triple advantage, the sixth was the Tour Championship, where he started three behind Woods, the seventh was the Tournament of Champions, in which Xander Schauffele shot 62 first jump.
"I played well, I did what I wanted and had to do", McIlroy said, adding: "My game is there. I am really happy with everything. I just have to stay patient, look at the positive sides and just hold on and position myself, and hopefully hopefully hopefully I will go my way. "