McIlroy's late flourish not enough to hide disappointment

Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:22am EST
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By John O'Brien

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy finished with a flourish at the Singapore Open on Sunday when a monster eagle putt at the par-five 18th lifted the Briton up to third place, but like all champions, he was disappointed not to win.

McIlroy struggled to maintain his focus and rhythm at a tournament hampered by three lengthy weather delays on the first two days but he was back to his brilliant best on Sunday, carding a six-under 65 to finish on 10-under 274.

"I played really well this afternoon... no bogeys and finished with an eagle on the last it was very nice," McIlroy told reporters after ending the $6 million co-sanctioned event three shots adrift of Matteo Manassero of Italy.

"I played well all week but just didn't convert the birdie chances I gave myself," said the Northern Irishman, who was cheered on all week by tennis-playing girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

"I missed a lot of putts over the last four days. If I had holed a few more it would have been a different story. I am very happy how I played today and how I finished."

McIlroy's third place finish was good enough to secure the European Tour order-of-merit title with two events remaining, meaning he has topped the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic, but his job was made much easier with the absence of his nearest rivals in Singapore.


"The money list has been cheapened a little bit by not having the leading players at events towards the end of the year," he added.   Continued...

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his shot on the 10th hole from during the third round of the Barclays Singapore Open golf tournament in Sentosa November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Edgar Su