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Second best: NI’s Mark Allen
Second best: NI’s Mark Allen

By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland duo Graeme McDowell and Mark Allen are reflecting on what might have been after missing their glory shots last night.

McDowell and team-mate Emiliano Grillo finished second to Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman in golf's $3.4m QBE Shootout in Florida while snooker ace Allen was outclassed 10-6 by Ronnie O'Sullivan who claimed a record seventh UK Championship title.

Allen still picked up a £75,000 cheque and joked: "I hope Ronnie forms his own breakaway tour."

It was another hard luck story for Allen, who was on the ropes when O'Sullivan won six frames in a row. Although the Antrim man rallied to trail 9-6, the five-time world champion collected the trophy and the £170,000 top prize.

McDowell and his Argentine partner, who started the final round tied for the lead, combined for a 10-under-par 62 in yesterday's fourball format. They finished on 29 under, a shot behind Americans Kizzire and Harman, who won with a 61.

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