Rory McIlroy’s frustration boiled over when he failed to complete a challenge on the final day and snapped a racquet in anger as he broke to a final 76 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
ll 28 of his pro wins have been double digits under par, but he struggles when the going gets tough and his performance in Florida leaves some question marks about his game with just 31 days before the Masters.
He played on the last round with his old stablemate Graeme McDowell, who was dealing with his own frustrations and bunkered 25 yards down the green on the par-5 16th, en route to a seven and a final 76 that she took on the 13th .-over, which cost the Portrush man a spot in The Open, which was awarded to the top three players to finish in the top 10.
The Northern Irish pair started the day sixth, four strokes behind Billy Horschel and Talor Gooch, and it was clear from the start it was going to be a long day.
McDowell bogeyed the first two holes before dropping a 12-foot hole on the fourth par-5 while McIlroy, who complained after a third round 76 that the course was on a “knife’s edge,” hit the 231-yard -Bogey on second and then double-bogey on hole made 200-yard seventh, three puts from four feet after long missing the green.
The world number five, who shot 65 after the first round to take a two-shot lead, then broke a wedge in two on the par-5 12 just as he was about to take four to go just short of the Getting green off the rough.
He had to make a 16-foot shot just to save the bogey on the 13th, where his 142-yard approach from a fairway bunker ricocheted off rocks 25 feet to the right of the pin and raced into the lake.
He responded by saying at 213-yard-13. hit a hit tee shot and beamed as McDowell ran in a 20-foot racer to keep up with him. But there was little to celebrate as he played his last 45 holes at 10-over-par and finished just outside the top ten with a one-over.
On the LPGA Tour, Leona Maguire saved best for last to finish 13th behind world number one Jin Young Ko at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore. The Cavan star made five birdies and a bogey in a 68 on the Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club to finish eight shots behind the Korean at nine under par. “I think I just played a little bit better today,” said Maguire, who switches to the Honda LPGA Thailand this week before heading to California on March 31 for the JTBC Classic and the first Major, the Chevron Championship at Mission Hills .
“I still feel like I wasn’t quite at my best this week. But overall it’s nice to finish with the best lap of the week and on the last day.”
Ko claimed her sixth win in her last 10 LPGA Tour starts and set two new records after beating fellow Koreans Minjee Lee and In Gee Chun at 17-under par with a two-shot six-under 66 win won.
Her 66 was her 15th straight round in the 60s – a new LPGA record – and her 30th straight under par.
In Nairobi, China’s Wu Ashun (36) finished four strokes behind Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson and shot a six-under 65 to clinch his fourth DP World Tour title at the Magical Kenya Open in Muthaiga.
He won by four strokes ahead of Germany’s Hurly Long, South Africa’s Thriston Lawrence and Canada’s Aaron Cockerill with 16-under par, while Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney led the Irish contingent, which went 5-under 34 after a 69. occupied place.
Paul Dunne finished 51st with a deficit after a 70, Jonny Caldwell with a three after a 73 and Cormac Sharvin three shots down after a 70.
At the Mangaung Open of the Challenge Tour, Kinsales John Murphy finished in 18th place with a one-over-73 in difficult conditions for 14 under par, seven strokes behind Denmark’s Hundeboll in Bloemfontein. The Dane carded seven birdies and a bogey in a 66 for a one-shot win over Luke Jerling and Tristen Strydom, while Tom McKibbin was 49th after a 69 with a nine-down.
Meanwhile, West Waterford’s Gary Hurley finished fourth to secure his second Alps Tour top 10 of the season at the New Giza Open in Cairo.
The former Walker Cup star, 29, was in second place after six holes when organizers decided to scrap the final round as a four-club wind blew balls off the exposed greens.
Naas’ Jonathan Yates tied for 10th and Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell tied for 13th and fourth on the money list. Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney was the best of the Irish, sharing with 5-under 34th, while Paul Dunne was 1-under 51st after a 70, Jonny Caldwell with 3-over 65th and Cormac Sharvin 74th place.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/frustrated-mcilroy-falls-apart-and-snaps-his-club-in-anger-41417994.html McIlroy collapses in frustration, snapping his mace in anger