McIlroy retains Masters belief

11 April 2018 15:08:43 EST

Rory McIlroy insists he will one-day win the Masters despite his latest heartache at Augusta National.

The Northern Irishman started the final round with three-shots to make up on leader Patrick Reed, the pair playing together in the final group.

McIlroy made early gains but his putter was cold and Reed responded strongly, leaving his playing partner to finish six shots back as the American won by one shot from Rickie Fowler.

McIlroy has won golf's three other majors, lifting the US Open, the Open and two PGA Championship titles between 2011 and 2014, but the much-sought-after Green Jacket remains elusive.

Now 28, McIlroy has no doubts that he'll get there eventually.

"I just haven't played it well enough at the right times," said McIlroy.

"I think 100 per-cent I can come back and win [at Augusta]. I've played in two final groups in the last seven years, I've had five top-tens – I play this golf course well.

"For the last four years I've had top-tens but I haven't been close enough to the lead," he added.

"(On Sunday) I got myself there, I didn't quite do enough but I'll come back next year and try again.

"I played probably some of the best golf I've ever played [there], it just wasn't meant to be.

"Of course it's frustrating and it's hard to take any positives from it right now, but at least I put myself in a position, that's all I've wanted to do."

McIlroy is 15/2 to win the Masters in 2019, with Jordan Spieth 20/1 and Jon Rahm 18/1.

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