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DREW ANGERER/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Rory McIlroy said there were lessons he took from his final-round 80 in the Masters after holding the 54-hole lead. "I think the more you get yourself into that position, the more you deal with it better," he said.

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This April 10, 2011, file photo shows Rory McIlroy wiping his forehead after his final round of the Masters golf tournament, in Augusta, Ga. With the Masters meltdown firmly behind him, a reinvigorated Rory McIlroy intends to adopt a bullish approach as he bids to win his first tournament in 2011. The 21-year-old Northern Irishman went into the final round at Augusta National last month with a four-stroke lead, but hopes of landing his first major were dashed after shooting an 8-over 80 in a dramatic collapse to drop to 15th. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

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Golfers react as they watch tv at Rory McIlroy's home club of Holywood Golf Club, situated on the outskirts of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sunday, April, 10, 2011, as he bogeys the first hole in the Masters Golf Championship in Augusta, Georgia. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Alvaro Quiros (left) of Spain and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland are tied for the lead after the first day of the Masters at Augusta National. They both shot 65s, with McIlroy playing early and Quiros playing in the final threesome.

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Alvaro Quiros (seen here) of Spain and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland are tied for the lead after the first day of the Masters at Augusta National. They both shot 65s, with McIlroy playing early and Quiros playing in the final threesome. (Associated Press)

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Rory McIlroy (seen here) of Northern Ireland is tied with Alvaro Quiros of Spain for the lead after the first day of the Masters at Augusta National. They both shot 65s, with McIlroy playing early and Quiros playing in the final threesome. (Associated Press)

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Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the 18th hole Thursday during the first round of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. (Associated Press)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, taps in a putt on the first hole during the third round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Saturday, March 5, 2011, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Britain's Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, right, is introduced to players from the European Ryder Cup team (left to right) Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, and Martin Kaymer by team captain Colin Montgomerie, 2nd right, at the at the Welcome to Wales 2010 Ryder Cup dinner at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010. The long-anticipated golf event tees off on Friday. (AP Photo / Heathcliff O'Malley, Pool)

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Europe's Rory McIlroy wearing a curly wig hits a tee shot during a practice round at the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010. The tournament starts Friday Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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Rory McIlroy, left, from Northern Ireland, and Phil Mickelson walk over a bridge to the third green during the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club, Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy prepares to putt on the 16th green during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, Thursday, July 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy hits off the third tee during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, on Thursday, July 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

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