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Rory McIlroy explains what held him back and stopped him winning the Masters

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There was another story behind the pictures of a grinning Patrick Reed wearing the green jacket after a few days of neck-in-neck golf.

The American held his nerve and in short, did exactly what Rory McIlroy failed to do.

Frustratingly, the Northern Irishman's wait for a Masters goes on, his bogeys on the 10th and 11th signalled the end of any realistic hope that he would be completing a career Grand Slam.

The Augusta crowd were backing the 28-year-old, but perhaps that added pressure proved too much as he once again struggled to produce his best form in the final few hours.

Increasingly, there is talk surrounding McIlroy's mentality.

Is that what is preventing him from taking that final step? He has himself admitted that he has concerns over the psychological hurdles that are standing in his way.

"I just didn't play the golf I needed to when it really mattered,” McIlroy said, per IrishGolfDesk.

McIlroy's mental obstacles 

“That's the thing that I take away not just from this week, but from previous Masters. I've been in position before and I haven't got the job done when I needed to and I don't think that's anything to do with my game, I think that's more me mentally and I'm trying to deal with the pressure of it and the thrill of the achievement if it were to happen. I think that's the thing that's really holding me back.

"I felt very tentative, played very defensively...You're just trying not to make mistakes instead of attacking and trying to make birdies. Trying not to make mistakes is not my game, that's not what I do."

It's sad to hear McIlroy talk so candidly and there have been widespread suggestions that he ought to seek the advice of sports psychologists to overcome the problem.

The Masters - Final Round

“Once I overcome that mental hurdle that I'm struggling with at the minute, then I know how to play this course, I've played this course very well before, and I can string good rounds together here, but it's just a matter of doing it," he added.

There's a very good reason why only five players in history have completed the Grand Slam, so it would be no small feat if McIlroy were to join them.

Between now and 2019, all that remains is for him to overcome his mental block.

Do you think McIlroy will ever win a Masters? Have your say in the comments. 

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