Malaysian Open: Rory McIlroy heading in wrong direction
Rory McIlroy had that Sunday sinking feeling again on a tight final day at the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.
The 21-year-old Northern Irishman, who let a four-shot lead slip in the final round of the Masters last weekend, had been three shots ahead of the rest with four holes of his third round to play in Malaysia, but by the 12th hole of his final round he trailed leaders Gregory Bourdy of France and Italian teenager Matteo Manassero by three.
A double-bogey at the par-four 12th set him back to one under for the round up to that point, with a similar third-round setback at the 15th allowing Manassero and Sweden's Alexander Noren to finish in the lead heading into the final round.
McIlroy and a host of others resumed their third round on Sunday morning after rain delays meant it was unable to be completed as scheduled on Saturday.
He began the day with a birdie at the par-five 10th to extend his lead to three shots, before his double-bogey at 15.
Manassero, who turns 18 on Tuesday, was three under through 12 holes to share the lead with Bourdy. His prospects of victory improved with an eagle three at 10 and a birdie at the next before a bogey at 12 set him back.
Bourdy, whose last title came at the UBS Hong Kong Open in 2009, hit eight birdies up to and including the 17th against one bogey and a double-bogey five at the par-three 11th.
Like Bourdy, Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello was five under for the day, although in his case he had only played 13 rather than 17 holes.
His round featured three birdies plus an eagle, all on the front nine.
He was tied at 13 under overall with Noren, with Chile's Felipe Aguilar level with McIlroy at 12 under after 15 holes of his round.