The horror of seconds and thirds, I know! But for a player of Rory McIlroy’s caliber and talent, it stinks. The U.S. Open champ had to settle for another runner-up finish in South Korea following last week’s Dunhill Links Championship. Rory placed third in the previous two events, the KLM Open and the Omega European Masters. Which is fantastic, but Rory wants the W.
Notwithstanding world No. 1 ranked golfer Luke Donald, McIlroy is the most consistent player on the planet right now (and the 22-year-old has a major). McIlroy rallied from a disappointing streak of holes in the third round to shoot 64 on Sunday, including 29 on the last nine holes, but it wasn’t enough to catch Rickie Fowler, who won the Kolon Korea Open, by a commanding six shots, despite bogeying the final two.
“It was a nice way to finish, but all the damage was done during the third round with a couple of bad holes in the middle of the round,” said McIlroy, who dropped six shots in eight holes around the turn on Saturday after opening rounds of 68 and 69.
“Looking back on this week, I will rue my third round, which could have been a lot better. If I had played a little better and shot a few under I might have had a chance, but Rickie has played fantastic this week and he deserves the win.”
Rory is a classy loser, but trust me, he doesn’t like being the bridesmaid, especially for the second week in a row.
Good news is Rory’s moving closer to overtaking Lee Westwood as the world’s No. 2 player in the world and giving Donald a run for his money as the player-with-the-most-top-three-finishes, but that’s not going to cut it for Rory, who is hungry to snag more victories. With his busy schedule over the next month, he’ll have his shot again soon, but first, he’s stopping in Shanghai for an exhibition, the Shui On Land China Golf Challenge.
(AP Photo/Yonhap, Yang Young-suk)