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Failure at Masters, in sports, only natural

The love song of Rory McIlroy

Updated: April 11, 2011, 12:11 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Understand first that there was no cruelty in what happened Sunday. It was as natural and dispassionate as gravity. Rory McIlroy's return to earth on the back nine at the Masters was not a calamity, but instead restored order to things. We were never meant to fly.

Thus, some overnight thoughts on failure.

At the very moment Rory McIlroy was trying to quiet the roar in his head by loosening up on the practice tees of Augusta, the best cyclists in the world were clattering ...

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