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Rory highlights areas for improvement ahead of Augusta

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World number one Rory McIlroy insists their were positive signs from his performance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational but there are things he needs to “tidy up” ahead of the Masters next month.

The Northern Irishman finished the tournament in a tie for 11th place on -11 and has identified short-game as the main area which will need to be sharper if he is to land the career grand slam at Augusta.

"Wedge play needs quite a lot of work,” he said.

"Not taking advantage of getting it up close to the green. If I'm getting ready just for Augusta and I'm thinking about it, there is quite a few wedges for me there and going to concentrate a lot on sort of from 120 yards in the next couple of weeks and try to get that as sharp as I possibly can.”

Despite being disappointed with finishing outside the top-10, McIlroy believes there are signs he is moving in the right direction.

"I had a fantastic week. Never played Bay Hill before and I really liked the golf course,” he added.

"Got to spend sometime with Arnold, which was a real treat and got quite a lot out of this week, actually. Wasn't the way I wanted to finish but gives me what I need going into the next couple of weeks preparing for Augusta.

"I definitely feel like I've taken some strides in the right direction. You know, there's still a few things in my game I need to tidy up and work on.

"What I was working on last week, you know, I feel like I've made progress in that and I get a couple weeks to work on some more stuff and hopefully be ready for the start of Augusta.

"Obviously the main goal was to come here and try to win. Couldn't do that. At least I got a couple of things out of this week which is good.”