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McIlroy left frustrated by revamped Blue Monster course

Rory McIlroy admits he found the week at Doral frustrating and has hinted he didn’t enjoy playing the revamped Blue Monster course.

The opening round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship saw McIlroy playing some good golf, with the Northern Irishman just one off the lead; that was swiftly followed by disappointing rounds of 74 and 75 which left him off the pace and finishing well down on the leaders.

"I feel like I struck the ball well for the most part," McIlroy told the PGA Tour website. "On the greens I didn't get anything going with the putter and anytime I missed the green I didn't really get anything going."

When asked what he would take away from the week, he replied sardonically: "I don't know. Maybe re-think the schedule next year."

He did, however, stop short of saying he would skip the tournament next year, although he also suggested it wasn’t a course he would choose to play if it didn’t host a WGC event.

"I don't know, that's a good question," McIlroy went on. "Obviously it is so you come. It depends what you want. It has been a tough couple of weeks. (PGA National) isn't an easy course. It's a tough stretch. I'm all for having a tough course but it's nice to make birdies, too. It depends what you want.

"It's a frustrating golf course because you feel like you should be doing so much better, and it just doesn't allow you to. You have to be so precise and just to get the ball close on some of these greens and these pin positions. I don't know if it's because you've got memories of the course before, like going low, and the way it is now it just doesn't allow you to do that."

McIlroy will return at the Shell Houston Open in two weeks’ time hoping for better from his game, which has looked a lot more promising as of late. Just not against the Blue Monster at Doral.