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Rory McIlroy irons out issues in final round at Doral


Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

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Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy was reunited with the club he threw into a lake at Doral ahead of the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

McIlroy admitted that frustration got the better of him after finding the water with his second shot to the eighth hole on Friday, the world number one subsequently hurling his three iron into the lake.

The club was retrieved by a diver and presented to McIlroy on the range yesterday by Doral's owner Donald Trump. McIlroy, who had played with 13 clubs on Saturday rather than the permitted 14, asked Trump: "Is it dry?" before putting the club straight into his bag with a sheepish grin.

The 25-year-old began his final round with two pars to remain one under, 10 shots behind American JB Holmes who had a five-shot lead over compatriots Dustin Johnson, the eventual winner, and Bubba Watson.

Holmes quickly saw his lead cut to four shots as Watson holed from 15 feet for birdie on the first, with the leader unable to match the feat in the group behind after a poor pitch from 55 yards.

McIlroy had also been unable to find any birdies in his opening seven holes and three-putted the fifth to drop back to level par.

The lead was down to three shots when Watson holed from 10 feet for birdie on the third and minutes later it was reduced to just a single stroke.

Holmes badly misjudged his birdie attempt on the third from almost 60 feet and three-putted for bogey, while Watson rolled in another birdie putt from six feet on the fourth.

Johnson was then inches away from making a hole-in-one on the fourth for the second day running, the tap-in birdie taking him to seven under and within three of the lead.

McIlroy was three under playing the last, but double-bogeyed. Despite that he finished level for the day and still claimed a top-10 finish for the tournament.

Johnson overturned a five-shot deficit in the final round to win his first tournament since taking a six-month leave of absence from the game to deal with "personal challenges". He carded a closing 69 to finish nine under parl, one shot ahead of compatriot and overnight leader JB Holmes who struggled to a 75.

Belfast Telegraph