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Disappointment as Allen and McDowell fall at final hurdles

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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