HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy tried once more, however it wasn’t sufficient.
9 pictures out of the lead getting into Sunday, the four-time main winner started his ultimate spherical by making three birdies within the first six holes — identical to he did Saturday — and giving himself an out of doors shot at making a run for the Claret Jug. However any glimmer of hope for a McIlroy comeback and a win for the ages vanished over the following 12 holes.
When the putts stopped stepping into and the drives and method pictures misplaced their sharpness, McIlroy, drenched in Liverpool’s rain, completed The Open in sixth place, 7 pictures again of eventual winner Brian Harman and with out a main championship for the ninth 12 months in a row.
“It was simply arduous,” McIlroy stated. “I wanted to exit and shoot one thing 63, 64-ish, however actually arduous to try this in these circumstances.”
McIlroy, like he has performed all 12 months, was within the hunt regardless of not reaching his full potential in each spherical. He ranked seventh within the area in strokes gained on method pictures and sixth in strokes gained off the tee. His placing and quick recreation (54th in strokes gained placing, seventy fifth in strokes gained across the inexperienced) weren’t debilitating, however they have been merely not ok to offer him a real shot to win Sunday.
“I missed a couple of putts yesterday. Felt like I putted higher right now,” McIlroy stated.
The placing was just one situation. The rain and wind did not enable McIlroy to be as aggressive as he might have been along with his greatest weapon: the driving force.
“Very reluctant to hit the driving force as a result of the membership face will get moist and the ball might go anyplace,” McIlroy stated. “I needed to lay again off tees and attempt to play as conservatively and as good as potential.”
Nonetheless, McIlroy gave himself alternatives on the inexperienced that he could not capitalize on all week. The putt to avoid wasting par on No. 16 on Sunday that circled across the cup and improbably stayed out all however summed up his week. His putt for birdie on No. 18 was one final merciless miss — left of the opening by about an inch.
McIlroy, 34, could not replicate the magic from his efficiency at Hoylake in 2014, when he received his third Grand Slam title, leaving him as soon as once more with a 12 months of loads of shut calls however no main to point out for it. McIlroy, nonetheless, remained adamant that his optimism about his recreation, and his main probabilities, has not wavered.
“I improved on my rating day-after-day,” McIlroy stated. “Not spectacular, however numerous optimism going into the remainder of the 12 months.”
Within the absence of a significant win, it is simple to disregard the consistency that McIlroy has displayed over the previous two years. Aside from a missed lower on the Masters this 12 months, McIlroy has completed inside the highest 10 at seven of his previous eight main appearances. There’s a purpose it appears like déjà vu each weekend at a significant with McIlroy as soon as once more arising simply quick: He does sufficient to place himself in that place even when his recreation is not at his finest. His ceiling may be greater than ever, however so is his flooring.
“Most occasions I tee it up, I am proper there,” McIlroy stated. “I am unable to sit right here and be too annoyed. If you consider my performances within the majors between like 2016 and 2019, [this] is so much higher than that.”
McIlroy would not appear to dwell on his main drought as a lot as he appears to care about successful all the things he can. He spoke Friday about shifting his focus to successful his fourth FedEx Cup, fifth Race to Dubai and his fifth Ryder Cup. The shut calls have introduced on scrutiny and criticism, however to McIlroy, they look like persevering with proof that his time will quickly come.
“I am optimistic in regards to the future,” McIlroy stated. “I simply maintain trying ahead.”
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