Rory McIlroy says he wept after letting victory slip from his grasp at the US Masters in April and the world number two is hoping the only golf-related crying he does in the future will be tears of joy.
In a frank review of his season, the 22-year-old Northern Irishman acknowledges he "choked" by carding a closing 80 at Augusta after going into the last round holding a four-stroke lead.
McIlroy says at the time he felt it might be the only chance he had to win a major and he blew it, finishing a distant 10 strokes behind the winner, South African Charl Schwartzel.
Asked if he would ever weep on the course, McIlroy replied golf is not worth crying over and it's only a game.
McIlroy buried his Masters demons by romping to an eight-shot victory at the US Open in Maryland in June to clinch the first major title of his career.