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Rory loses his grip on £1million

By Graham Luney

Rory McIlroy’s challenge unravelled at the World Golf Championship at Doral as he said goodbye to the £1.13million top prize.

It wasn’t just the Holywood star’s new cross-handed putting grip that let him down. His whole game fell apart in a worrying collapse from a winning position ahead of next month’s US Masters.

It proved to be a costly final round for the 26-year-old as he allowed Australia’s Adam Scott to record back-to-back victories on the PGA Tour.

The 35-year-old, who won the Honda Classic last week, began three shots adrift of McIlroy but closed with a three-under 69 to win on 12 under. He holed a six-foot putt on the last to beat Bubba Watson (68) by one shot.

McIlroy had a two-over 74 to join England’s Danny Willett (69) in a tie for third on 10 under. The four-time major winner opened with six pars but he then dropped three shots, giving Scott a lead he did not relinquish.

McIlroy birdied the 16th to get within two of the lead but could only close with two pars.

Graeme McDowell finished on two over par in tied 28th.

Rory insisted, however: “I didn’t make enough birdies. I felt like my game was okay for the most part, but I didn’t take advantage of the holes I should have. I couldn’t birdie any of the par fives and that’s really what killed me.

“I’ll take a lot of positives from this week. A lot of things did go right for me, but I need to just pick myself back up and get into contention again in Orlando in a couple weeks’ time and let’s see if I can get the win there.

“I’ve got two events left to try to get that win before going to Augusta and I’m hopefully going to get it.”

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