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McIlroy falls off the pace on final day as World No 1 fails to weather storm

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It’s another disappointing final round for McIlroy, who was in contention at last week’s Charles Schwab Challenge going into Sunday, only to fall away from the leaders with a similarly poor finish. Photo by John Dickson/Sportsfile

It’s another disappointing final round for McIlroy, who was in contention at last week’s Charles Schwab Challenge going into Sunday, only to fall away from the leaders with a similarly poor finish. Photo by John Dickson/Sportsfile

Photo by John Dickson / DICKSOND

It’s another disappointing final round for McIlroy, who was in contention at last week’s Charles Schwab Challenge going into Sunday, only to fall away from the leaders with a similarly poor finish. Photo by John Dickson/Sportsfile

Another poor final round saw Rory McIlroy fall well off the pace on a weather-affected fourth day at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina.

The World No 1 never got to grips with Harbour Town Golf Links yesterday afternoon, sitting one-over-par for the day and dropping eight shots off the lead as incoming storms halted play at Hilton Head Island after the leading groups had just begun their rounds.

South African ace Dylan Frittelli had set the mark in the clubhouse, carding a sparkling nine-under 62 in his final round to hold the overall lead at 17-under par, while Justin Thomas had joined him at that mark having played 16 holes prior to the weather delay.

The likes of overnight leaders Webb Simpson, Ryan Palmer, Tyrrell Hatton and Abraham Ancer - who all started the day at 15-under - were all only a couple of holes into their rounds when the hooter sounded to take the players off the course.

Having seen Frittelli set the target in the clubhouse, it was always going to be a tough ask for McIlroy, who started the day at nine-under.

But the Holywood man never bounced back from a double-bogey at the par-three fourth and was always playing catch-up from there.

It's another disappointing final round for McIlroy, who was in contention at last week's Charles Schwab Challenge going into Sunday, only to fall away from the leaders with a similarly poor finish.

This time around things started positively for the Co Down man.

After taking advantage of the short par-five second to record his first birdie of the day, McIlroy would have been hoping to carry that momentum into the rest of the front nine, but his round would unravel at the fourth.

Needing birdies to try and catch the leaders, you can't fault McIlroy for going for the pin, which was tucked close to the water on the left side of the green.

However, his shot was pulled too much and found the drink, yielding a double-bogey five to undo the good work two holes prior.

That was followed by a bogey at the par-three seventh hole where he three-putted.

McIlroy at least finished the front nine by picking up his second birdie of the day at the short par-four ninth.

It was far off the pace set by Frittelli who recorded six birdies on his inward nine on his way to a sensational bogey-free 62.

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