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Rory McIlroy rests ahead of Ryder Cup charge

By Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy admitted he was looking forward to seeing the back of his golf clubs for a few days after failing to land a £7m jackpot in Atlanta.

Victory in the Tour Championship would have seen McIlroy also win the overall FedEx Cup title and enjoy an amazing payday, but the world number one struggled to a closing 71 as playing partner Billy Horschel won both prizes instead.

McIlroy and Horschel started the day tied for the lead but the Holywood man's chances suffered a massive blow when he found water on the sixth to double bogey, while he also dropped shots on the ninth, 10th and 11th.

“I was making bad swings at the wrong time and getting punished for them,” McIlroy said.

“When Billy was making bogey on 10 I thought I had a decent chance and then I three-putt there for the second day in a row and I felt like any chance I had to win the golf tournament went.”

Asked about his season overall, McIlroy added: “To win two majors, my first WGC event and give it a real good run in these FedEx events.

“I'm really proud of myself the way I hung in there and dug deep the last few weeks.

“When I look back on the year as a whole it's been my best year to date so I can't complain.”

The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles from September 26-28 now looms large and McIlroy added: “I'm excited about it.

“I'm excited to take a few days off to be honest and then I will gear up for the Ryder Cup.”

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