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Off the pace: Rory McIlroy
Off the pace: Rory McIlroy

By Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy's hopes of winning the Wells Fargo Championship slipped away last night as bad weather slowed down the final round.

The Holywood ace, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Saturday, was two shots back going into the last round at Quail Hollow in North Carolina but his challenge disappeared in disappointing fashion.

McIlroy claimed only one birdie in his 14 holes before poor weather suspended play.

After a run of eight successive pars, the two-time Wells Fargo champion bogeyed the ninth hole and it clearly rattled him as the next hole featured a double-bogey seven.

A birdie at the par-three 13th brought a smile back to the World No.4's face but not for long as he bogeyed the par-four 14th.

American Max Homa had a three-shot lead on the 14th hole after an impressive four-under round made him the man to catch on 15 under par.

Fellow American Joel Dahmen was on 12 under on the 15th with England's World No.2 Justin Rose on 11 under, also on the 15th.

Ireland's Seamus Power was one under for his round, sitting on eight under for the tournament with three holes of his round to play. Defending champion Jason Day finished well off the pace on four under par.

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