McIlroy was never in front in a ‘must win’ third and final round robin match against American Brian Harman and being left somewhat red-faced in losing 5 & 3 to Georgia-born golfer.
It was McIlroy’s second biggest loss in 39 matches in the event after being thumped 8 & 7 by Ben Crane in the 2011 event.
McIlroy was back in the Austin Country Club clubhouse clearing out his locker before half of the 32 matches in the $10m event had reached the opening tee.
Now after McIlroy’s planned eight matches ahead of the year’s first Major he heads to Augusta National with a win, a second, a third, a T20th, a T59th and effectively three missed cuts.
“It was not the result I wanted and especially after what happened last week, that takes it out of you being in contention, and all that mental energy,” he said.
“So, I wish I was hanging around for the weekend but I'll rest up and get a little bit of work in before going to Augusta.
“It means I get a couple of days extra at home, that I wasn't planning on.
“I’ll just chill out, rest up a little bit, recharge the batteries, get into the gym. Sort of have a good week training and a good practice week. And just get myself ready for Augusta.”
McIlroy indicated his pre-Masters plans remain unchanged despite his shock loss and that is for he and caddy, Harry Diamond to spend next Wednesday and Thursday playing the course as guests of an Augusta National member.
But then McIlroy indicated he will not contest the Par-3 contest on the eve of the Masters.
McIlroy and Harman halved the first two holes before Harman, and contesting the event for a first occasion, won the third with a birdie after McIlroy found the rough with his drive and managed to advance his second shot around 100-yards.
McIlroy then concede the fifth hole to Harman after a poor drive well right into a native area and left with no option but to chip out sideways.