Friday 15 December 2017

Rory McIlroy narrowly misses out on South African Open win after dramatic playoff

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 15: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt on the 2nd hole during day four of the BMW South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club on January 15, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 15: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt on the 2nd hole during day four of the BMW South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club on January 15, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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Rory McIlroy came up just short in a playoff at the South African Open despite a strong final round performance.

The Northern Irishman, who features in today's Sunday Independent in an in depth interview with Paul Kimmage, started the final round three behind England's Graeme Storm, but three birdies in his first eight holes narrowed the deficit to one.

Read more: 'It was like being hit by a punch. I was literally in a daze.' - Rory McIlroy talks to Paul Kimmage

The tournament then swung in two back nine holes, 13 and 14, with McIlroy making birdie at the former as Storm bogeyed the latter, which left the four-time Major champion ahead by one stroke with four to play.

McIlroy and Storm both birdied 15, while playing partner Jordan Smith eagled to move one behind McIlroy with three to play.

McIlroy faltered at the 17th, which he bogeyed after having trouble in the bunker, leaving him tied with Storm, while Smith also made bogey to drop out of contention.

McIlroy and Storm then parred 18th, sending the duo into a playoff.

The pair both made par at the first two playoff holes before McIlroy missed a seven foot par putt, handing the tournament to Storm.

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