Rory McIlroy will consider changing his preparations for his next attempt to complete the career grand slam by winning the Masters.

McIlroy needs a victory at Augusta National to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in having won all four major titles, but was never in contention after an opening 73.

The 29-year-old followed that with two rounds of 71 before closing with a 68 which finished on the ninth green after a two-tee start was required to end the tournament before bad weather hit the course.

"My game is still there," said McIlroy, who came into the week in great form following his victory in the Players Championship at Sawgrass last month.

"I hit a few loose shots and cost myself a few too many bogeys. And that was really it.

"I think I played the par fives in 11 under for the week. I must have played the par threes in about even so it was really the par fours, and that's just (about) putting myself out of position off the tee.

"Once you get yourself out of position it's very hard to put yourself back in position. You miss greens, trying to get it up and down, you put pressure on yourself.

"My driving accuracy wasn't quite as good this week as it has been the last few weeks. And that was probably the main reason why I didn't contend this week.

"I think you learn more from those weeks than you do the other weeks. You've got some time to reflect out there and maybe think about where you could have done things maybe slightly differently.

"I might play the week before (next year's Masters). If anything I just wasn't quite as sharp as I have been in previous weeks. I played quite a bit leading up to this, but obviously took the week off last week.

"It's not that I didn't play or practice, and I was trying to get myself ready, but I think I realised over the past couple of years the best way for me personally to get ready for tournaments is play the week before, usually."