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McIlroy finishes fourth in season opener

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Rory McIlroy had to settle for 4th place in the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii at the weekend.

The Northern Irishman, who started the day in second place, hit two birdies and a bogey, but fell behind ending on 15 under overall alongside Dustin Johnson and Marc Leishman.

McIlroy was making his debut at the event which consists only of PGA Tour winners from the previous calendar year.

It's the seventh time since last January that McIlroy has played in the final group and failed to win the tournament.

McIlroy said he was pleased with his attitude and versatility in his game but says he needs to be persistent.