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McIlroy puts Masters disappointment behind him in Malaysia

Rory McIlroy has put his final round Masters disappointment behind him at the Malaysian Open by carding a three-under-par 69.

The Northern Irishman very nearly didn't get onto the course in Kuala Lumpur.

McIlroy got off his flight in Malaysia to find his golf clothing and golf shoes had made the trip but his golf clubs had been lost in transit.

The Ulsterman's clubs eventually turned up, and so did his best golf, disproving Colin Montgomerie's theory that it would take the 21-year-old at least a month to get over his Masters heartbreak.

"I got off to a good start, which helped," McIlroy told Sky Sports.

"I hadn't seen the golf course before today, so three-under is a pretty good score. Playing right away [after Augusta] definitely helped."

Charl Schwartzel, who wore a navy blue Nike golf shirt for the opening round in Kuala Lumpur, showed understandable signs of fatigue in the heat and carded a three-over 73, playing with compatriot Louis Oosthuizen.

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