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McIlroy loses Honda Classic after poor final round

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Rory McIlroy has said he didn't deserve to win the Honda Classic after a poor last round performance in Florida. He crashed out of the tournament after losing in a four man play-off.

The Northern Irishman carded a disappointing 74 on the final day and was eventually beaten by American Russell Henley. He told the PGA Tour website: "I didn't play well enough to deserve to win today. It's very disappointing. It was the perfect opportunity to win."

The former world number one looked set to win the tournament, but a double bogey on 16 and a bogey on 17 dented his hopes of victory.

McIlroy almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with an eagle putt on 18 after a great second shot, but it missed and he was resigned to replay the 18th in the playoff.

"I'm just thinking, play those last few holes solid, and 16 was what really cost me," he continued.

"There's a few positives to take, but obviously it's going to be hard to get over because I had a great chance to win my first tournament of the season and I didn't ."

McIlroy joined Ryan Palmer and Russell Knox as well as Henley to replay the 18th hole in a bid to secure victory. But an impressive birdie from Henley was enough to see him through and earn the American a second win on the PGA tour.

The final day performance will likely take away from McIlroy's recent impressive form, as he hopes to take that into the Masters which lies just over a month away.

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