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Rory McIlroy says he must 'keep plugging in' as his wait for a fifth major continues after he surrendered his lead on the final day of The Open

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Rory McIlroy says he must ‘keep plugging in’ as his wait for a fifth major continues after he surrendered his lead on the final day of The Open

Rory McIlroy says he must ‘keep plugging in’ as his wait for a fifth major continues after he surrendered his lead on the final day of The Open

Rory McIlroy had to miss another missed opportunity to end his long great drought after wasting a two-shot advantage on his final round at The 150th Open.

The Northern Irishman took part of the lead on the last lap at St Andrews and was the overwhelming favorite to lift the Claret Jug at St Andrews and take a fifth major title, to settle for third when Smith took a thrilling win at the Old Course.

McIlroy registered just two birdies during his bogey-free 70, despite hitting every regulatory green, with the 2014 champion golfer of the year taking 36 putts in a disappointing display on the greens to finish the week with 18 under and two strokes back.

McIlroy carded rounds of 66, 68, 66 and 70 in St Andrews

McIlroy carded rounds of 66, 68, 66 and 70 in St Andrews

“I felt like I didn’t do much wrong today, but I didn’t do much right either,” said McIlroy. “It’s just one of those days where I played a really controlled round of golf.

“I did what I felt I needed to take advantage of the easier holes – around the bend, nine, 12 and 14. If I had birdies there from good positions it would probably have been a different story.

Henni Koyack is joined by Rory McIlroy in the Open Zone through the power of Sky Scope technology to get a closer look at his strength and prowess from the tee

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Henni Koyack is joined by Rory McIlroy in the Open Zone through the power of Sky Scope technology to get a closer look at his strength and prowess from the tee

Henni Koyack is joined by Rory McIlroy in the Open Zone through the power of Sky Scope technology to get a closer look at his strength and prowess from the tee

“But look, I’ve been beaten by a better player this week. Twenty under par for four rounds of golf around here is really, really impressive play, especially to shoot 64 today to get it done.”

Another great missed opportunity

The 33-year-old birdied in fifth and led at turn two, despite not taking advantage of the par-four ninth, with McIlroy starting his back nine with a birdie, but capping off a frustrating Sunday with eight pairs in a row.

Rory McIlroy misses another long eagle attempt on the 10th, but sinks the birdie putt to extend his lead

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Rory McIlroy misses another long eagle attempt on the 10th, but sinks the birdie putt to extend his lead

Rory McIlroy misses another long eagle attempt on the 10th, but sinks the birdie putt to extend his lead

McIlroy could then only watch as Smith moved up the standings with five consecutive birdies en route to a back-nine 30, the lowest ever by Open champion, with Cameron Young second with an eagle on the final hole.

“I will regret a few missed putts that slipped by but it was a good week overall,” added McIlroy. “I can’t be too despondent because of how this year has gone and this year is going.

An emotional Cameron Smith says it was 'unreal' to get his hands on the Claret Jag after a sensational performance on the final day of the 150th Open Championship

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An emotional Cameron Smith says it was ‘unreal’ to get his hands on the Claret Jag after a sensational performance on the final day of the 150th Open Championship

An emotional Cameron Smith says it was ‘unreal’ to get his hands on the Claret Jag after a sensational performance on the final day of the 150th Open Championship

“I’m playing the best golf I’ve played in a long time. So it’s just a matter of knocking on the door and eventually one opens.

“In the end it’s not a matter of life or death. I have other chances to win the Open Championship and other chances to win majors. It’s one that I feel I let slip, but there will be other chances .”

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What now for McIlroy?

McIlroy’s third-place finish rounds out a season in which he finished no worse than eighth in the majors, the first time he’s been in the top 10 in any major in a calendar year, giving him great confidence to finish the final stretch of the PGA. to enter. Tour campaign.

Cameron Smith produced three stunning shots on the 18th hole in St Andrews to win the 150th Open Championship

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Cameron Smith produced three stunning shots on the 18th hole in St Andrews to win the 150th Open Championship

Cameron Smith produced three stunning shots on the 18th hole in St Andrews to win the 150th Open Championship

The former world No. 1 is now taking the next three weeks off before returning next month to participate in the PGA Tour’s end-of-season playoffs, with his next event being the FedEx St Jude Championship in Memphis. from August 11-14. live on Sky Sports.

“I have some time to rest and recover and try to take the positives, learn from the negatives and move on,” added McIlroy. “I’m playing well. Again, it’s one of the best seasons I’ve had in a long time.

“I want to finish the season well. I want to finish the season well. There is still some golf to play. The high season is unfortunately over, but I still feel that there is still a little bit to play for.”

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