McIlroy rues “silly mistakes”

Rory McIlroyavailable to back at 18/1 in the Masters 2013 outright betting – has vowed to eliminate the silly errors that plagued him throughout his opening round of 72 at the Augusta showpiece tournament on Thursday.

The Northern Irishman looked all set to challenge for the first-round lead after cruising to the turn in two-under, following three birdies and a single bogey at the seventh.

However, the back nine was a different story as despite birdieing both of the par-fives, he made a number of careless errors that saw him drop shots at the 10th, 12th, 14th and 17th to leave him six behind joint-leaders Sergio Garcia (9/1 Masters Outright) and Marc Leishman.

McIlroy knows he has the game to challenge round Augusta, after previously leading at the venue in 2011, only to fall back in a disastrous final round which eventually saw him finish in a tie for 15th.

The 23-year-old knows that he is unlikely to claim the Green jacket if he continues to fritter away shots over the next few days but has promised to cut out the mistakes that plagued him in round one.

“I just made some silly mistakes, a couple of three-putts on the back nine,” he said. “I made enough birdies but I just need to cut those mistakes out and I’ll be fine.

“I am getting there. I think I am hitting the ball just as well. It is just a matter of taking the opportunities and limiting the mistakes.”

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