The 150th Open: Rory McIlroy felt a major challenge 'slip away' during the final round at St Andrews.

The 150th Open: Rory McIlroy felt a major challenge ‘slip away’ during the final round at St Andrews.

Rory McIlroy finished top-eight in all four majors in 2022 but now ends eight straight seasons without a big win; The former world No. 1 ended the week at St Andrews 18 points, two strokes behind Cameron Smith

Last updated: 17/07/22 21:23

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Rory McIlroy says he needs to “keep going” as he waits for a fifth Major after giving up his lead on the final day of the Open

Rory McIlroy says he needs to “keep going” as he waits for a fifth Major after giving up his lead on the final day of the Open

Rory McIlroy had to regret another missed opportunity to end his long losing streak after squandering a two-shot advantage in his final round at The 150th Open.

The Northern Irishman took part of the lead into the finals at St Andrews and was the overwhelming favorite to lift the Claret Jug at St Andrews and win a fifth Major title, only to settle for third place when Smith won an exciting victory on the Old Race.

McIlroy registered just two birdies during his bogey-free 70 despite hitting every green on rule, with the 2014 Champion Golfer of the Year consuming 36 putts in a disappointing performance on the greens to end the week at 18 under and two strokes behind to end.

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

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

“I didn’t feel like I did a lot wrong today, but I didn’t do a lot right either,” McIlroy said. “This is just one of those days where I played a really controlled round of golf.

“I did what I felt I needed to do, apart from taking advantage of the easier holes – around the turn, nine, 12 and 14. If I had made the birdies from good positions there it would probably be a different story been.

What went wrong at McIlroy?  A look back at some of the key moments from his last lap

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What went wrong at McIlroy? A look back at some of the key moments from his last lap

What went wrong at McIlroy? A look back at some of the key moments from his last lap

“But look, I got beaten by a better player this week. Playing twenty under par for four rounds of golf around here is really, really impressive, especially today to go out and shoot 64 to get it done.”

Another missed opportunity

The 33-year-old screwed the fifth and was in the lead at turn two despite not taking advantage of the ninth par-4. McIlroy then started his back nine with a birdie but ended a frustrating Sunday with eight straight pars.

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

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

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

McIlroy could then only watch as Smith stormed the leaderboard with five consecutive birdies on his way to back-nine 30, the lowest ever by an Open champion, with Cameron Young then finishing second with an eagle on the final hole.

“I’ll regret a few missed putts that slide by, but it’s been a good week overall,” added McIlroy. “I can’t be too down on how this year and this year has gone.

An emotional Cameron Smith says it was

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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 keep knocking on the door and eventually one will open.

“At the end of the day, it’s not a matter of life or death. I will have different chances to win the Open Championship and different chances to win Majors. I feel like I’m missing out on this, but there will be other opportunities. “

The Open Judgment

July 18, 2022 at 5:30 p.m

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What’s next for McIlroy?

McIlroy’s third-place finish caps a season in which he finished no worse than eighth in the majors, the first time in a calendar year he’s finished in the top 10 in every major, giving him plenty of confidence for the closing stages of the PGA Tour Campaign.

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

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

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

The former world no Aug. live on Sky Sports.

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

“I want to end the season well. I want to end the season right. There’s still some golf to play. Unfortunately, the Major season is over, but I still feel like there’s still a little bit left to play.”


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