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McIlroy blames golf ball for Masters disappointment

Rory McIlroy says he needs to change his golf ball after failing in his bid to complete a career Grand Slam at the Masters last week.

The 27-year-old carded a decent final-round 69 to finish six shots adrift of eventual winner Sergio Garcia on 3-under. However, the Northern Irishman was left to rue what seemed to be a rather errant driving display.

McIlroy, currently World No.2, only found the fairway 29 of 56 times (52%) at Augusta National, with five out of 14 fairways on both Thursday and Friday, and he also found just 44 of 72 greens (61%) for the week.

“I need to change my golf ball, that’s a big thing," said McIlroy, who blamed his vigorous equipment testing in the off season as reason behind his recent rib injury.

"I thought my golf ball this week was doing weird things in the wind. It was very inconsistent so there’s one thing I will change and try to work on the next few weeks.

“I feel I’m swinging it as well as I have been for a long time and my putting feels as good as it has done in a long time but I maybe didn’t drive it was well as I could have done in the first couple of days here.

"I feel like I’m a good driver of the golf ball. I’m going to tinker with some equipment over the next couple of weeks and find something better.”

McIlroy is currently using the new Titleist Pro V1x ball, Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Sub Zero driver, TaylorMade M2 fairway woods, prototype Callaway Apex MB irons, Titleist Vokey SM6 wedges and Scotty Cameron putter.

He only needs to win the Masters to complete a career Grand Slam, following major victories at the 2011 US Open, 2012 and 2014 US PGA, and 2014 Open.

McIlroy had said earlier in the season that the combination of the Pro V1x ball and Epic driver was the best he had tested during the off-season.

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