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Rory McIlroy upbeat after superb round at Quail Hollow

By Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy is confident his stunning final round at Quail Hollow is the perfect preparation for this week's Players Championship at Sawgrass.

Defending champion McIlroy hit a superb six under 66 to finish seven under - just two off the pace - for the tournament, which he also won in 2010, his first victory on the PGA Tour.

"I have a few big weeks coming up and I have been doing better at the Players every year," said McIlroy.

"I left myself too much to do to win but 66 is a really good score. I played well and converted a lot of chances and did a lot of things right.

"At times I felt I had a chance to post the number needed to win but it wasn't to be."

The 27-year-old Ulsterman finished his round with a bogey five.

"I played the wrong shot at the 18th and paid the price," he said.

"I was trying to make three, played it aggressively, but it didn't work out."

Americans James Hahn and Roberto Castro were left to battle it out in a play-off after both finishing on nine under.

Korea's Wang Jeunghun claimed his first European Tour title in amazing fashion by beating Spain's Nacho Elvira in a play-off for the Hassan Trophy in Rabat.

Wang birdied the 18th to force extra holes and repeated the trick twice in the play-off at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam after he and Elvira had finished tied on five under par.

The players returned to the 18th for extra holes and Elvira looked set for victory when he hit a stunning fairway wood onto the green on the 531-yard par five and Wang missed the green, only for Wang to chip on and hole from 35 feet.

• WARRENPOINT'S Colm Campbell yesterday won the Flogas Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin earning him a place in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at the K Club later this month.

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