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McIlroy's 'meltdown' leaves Northern Irish blue

POSTED: April 11, 2011 11:24 a.m.

LONDON (AP) — Some called it a "meltdown," others labeled it "misery" or a "horror show." No matter how you describe it, Rory McIlroy's final round at the Masters turned into agony for the young Northern Irishman from Holywood and his supporters back in Britain.

The 21-year-old McIlory fell apart at Augusta National on Sunday just when he seemed poised to win his first major. He shot an 8-over 80 to drop to 15th place — 10 shots behind champion Charl Schwartzel.

The Irish Times headlined: "McIlroy slips from master to bogey man on final day." In the Belfast-based Irish News, it was "Rory Shattered."

McIlroy teed off Sunday morning with a four-stroke lead and the chance to become the second youngest winner of the green jacket.

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