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Rory McIlroy falls short at Memorial Tournament, Ohio

McIlroy hits to the 18th green during the final round of the Memorial golf tournament
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Phil Casey

RORY McIlroy fell just short in his bid for back-to-back victories last night.

The world number three started the final round of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio five shots behind the leaders on a busy leaderboard but posted one of the better rounds of the day as windy conditions caused difficulty for the field.

Six birdies and two bogeys in a 68 left the Holywood man on 13-under and in a share for fourth place.

Outsiders Jon Curran and William McGirt both finished on 15-under and were engaged in a play-off.

Meanwhile, Matt Fitzpatrick admitted he was “a million miles” ahead of schedule after claiming his second European Tour title in the Nordea Masters to boost his chances of a Ryder Cup debut in September.

The 21-year-old from Sheffield carded a closing 71 at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club to finish three shots ahead of Denmark’s Lasse Jensen, who secured his place in the Open Championship with the best finish of his career.

And the first prize of €250,000  saw Fitzpatrick move within €500,000 of the total which secured Jamie Donaldson the final automatic Ryder Cup qualifying place for Gleneagles in 2014.

“It’s something I’m trying to play down a little bit,” said Fitzpatrick, who finished seventh in the Masters at Augusta in April.

“I’m really trying to play each week as it comes and there’s still a long way to go before then, there are still three majors and anyone can win them.

“Hopefully I’ll keep playing well and see where we end up come September.”

Asked if he had achieved more than expected following his maiden win at the British Masters last year, Fitzpatrick added on Sky Sports: “Completely a million miles ahead of schedule.

“It’s been a tough few weeks to be fair. After the Masters I had three missed cuts in a row and didn’t play as well as I’d like last week (in the BMW PGA Championship) and all of a sudden you turn up this week and pick up a win.”

Michael Hoey produced his best finish of the season but it could have been so much better for the Shandon Park man, who sat just outside the top 20 with two holes of his final round left but posted an eight at the par three 17th hole to finish in a tie for 41st on three-over.

 

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