Tired finish for McIlroy to end stellar PGA Tour season

Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:22pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy's bid to add several exclamation points to his brilliant PGA Tour season was derailed at the Tour Championship on Sunday as the world number one succumbed to mental fatigue after a hectic 10-week run.

Competing in his eighth tournament during that time, McIlroy had to settle for a share of second place after his title challenge was effectively scuppered by a double at the sixth, followed by three consecutive bogeys from the ninth.

McIlroy, who has two major titles among his four wins worldwide this year, began the final round at East Lake Golf Club tied for the lead with eventual winner Billy Horschel but fell off the pace as he closed with a one-over-par 71.

"I am tired," the Northern Irishman told reporters after ending his round with three consecutive birdies from the 15th to finish at eight-under 272, level with veteran American Jim Furyk.

"I'm looking forward to a few days off and not seeing my golf clubs for a little while, and then when I'm ready and I'm excited to get back out again, get ready for the Ryder Cup."

The 40th Ryder Cup will be played at Gleneagles in Scotland from Sept. 26-28.

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Rory McIlroy waves to the crowd on the eighteenth hole during the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports