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Rory McIlroy shoots up world rankings and confident a win is coming after another near miss at WGC-Mexico Championship

Positive: Rory McIlroy last night
Positive: Rory McIlroy last night

By Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy insisted his game was in great shape despite falling just short in his bid to land WGC-Mexico Championship glory at Chapultepec.

American Dustin Johnson earned his 20th career PGA Tour title and his sixth at a WGC event when his five under par final round of 66 saw him finish on 21 under, five shots ahead of nearest challenger McIlroy.

It was enough to see the Holywood man move up two places to sixth in the World Golf Rankings after his second-placed finish, moving ahead of Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele. Winner Johnston moved up to second in the WGR, behind only Justin Rose, while a final round 62 and a ninth place finish for Justin Thomas moved him to third, ahead of the falling Brooks Koepka.

There was another top ten finish for Tiger Woods, who moved ahead of Tony Finau to 12th in the world.

Although McIlroy was unable to stage a final day fightback, the 29-year-old world number eight was able to take great encouragement from four top five finishes in a row on the PGA tour.

“It was a good tournament for me,” reflected McIlroy.

“Some weeks you play well and someone just plays better. Whenever you drive the ball like DJ and you’re number one in putting it’s going to be hard to beat that.

“I played well. I was a little disappointed with how I started but fought back well on the back nine.

“When DJ has a four shot lead and goes out and shoots five under par he’s not going to lose.

“My game has been good, really solid. I’m really happy with everything and just need to stay patient and look at the positives.

“I need to get into positions to challenge and sooner or later things can go my way.”

World number three Johnson said: “It’s a very sweet win and I felt I had control of my golf ball all week. It’s been a lot of hard work.

“It feels great and I’m very proud of myself.”

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