The Holywood man failed to spark in the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii and came away empty-handed from the final group for the seventh time in a row in the space of 12 months.
Woodland, who held a three-shot lead at the start of the day, carded a bogey-free round of 68, missing a chance on the final hole to force a playoff. While the Plantation course lends itself to wild swings in scoring, no one has ever lost a three-shot lead after 54 holes since the winners-only tournament moved here in 1999.
'For me I started a lot of these final rounds like two back, three back, ' McIlroy said. "I didn't press at all, I was very patient".
Failing to deliver in the final round after playing himself into contention is becoming a bit of a familiar refrain for McIlroy.
"It's just something I am going to have to persist with, keep putting myself in these situations", he said on Sunday.
But he added: "I don't think anyone could have lived with Xander today".
"I played in six final groups past year, majority coming from behind, and I probably just pushed a little too hard trying to catch up, trying to play a flawless first six holes and it didn't really work out for me", he said.
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"It was a insane day", Schauffele said. The 2017 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year opened with a bogey, but reeled off four birdies and an eagle to make the turn in 6-under 31. "And unfortunately, I didn't get it done".
Xander Schauffele (68) and Bryson DeChambeau (70) were five back. "You have an iron into the par 5 in the middle of the fairway on the last hole, you expect to make birdie".
Defending champion Dustin Johnson, who shot 74 and slipped seven strokes behind the lead, said he did not blame a marshal for his role in incurring a two-stroke penalty for hitting the wrong ball. He had a close call on the 16th, when he tried to atone for the missed birdie on the previous hole by going at the flag and landing just over the green.
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"This one will sting", Woodland said.
Justin Thomas (65) finished third on 18-under, while McIlroy faded with a 72 to finish eight shots back tied for fourth.