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Rory's putting woes continue despite strong closing round

By Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy produced a strong finish to the Travelers Championship but will need to find his magic touch on the greens to return to the business of winning tournaments.

The Holywood star posted a six-under-par 64 yesterday, finishing the event on four under.

It completed a mixed tournament for the world number three who started with a 67 before rounds of 73 and 70.

McIlroy will now hope to build on his impressive final round as he prepares to bid for a fifth major at next month's Open at Royal Birkdale.

But as he dabbles with three different putters, he is averaging 30 putts a round.

"I holed a couple of good putts today but over the four days I still do not feel I holed that many," McIlroy said. "My putting could not have been any worse than the first three days. I went back to a head shape that I have had the most success with just to see if I could conjure up any good feelings.

"The good thing is I struck the ball really well and the 18th green was the only green I missed out there, so I gave myself plenty of chances."

McIlroy will be busy this week, first playing a practice round at Portstewart, the venue for next week's Irish Open, then meeting up with up with Formby-based putting coach Phil Kenyon ahead of his first look at Royal Birkdale in 12 years, where the Open will be staged next month.

Meanwhile, Andres Romero held off the challenge of Masters champion Sergio Garcia and England's Richard Bland to win his first title in nine years at the BMW International Open.

The Argentinian had slipped to 837th in the world since his last victory at the 2008 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

He carded a closing bogey-free 65 to get to 17 under and beat Bland, Garcia and Belgium's Thomas Detry by a single shot.

Romero said: ""I'm very happy that I'm going to be on the European Tour again. I want to say thanks to the people at BMW because if it wasn't for them giving me an invite I wouldn't have any category now, and this is going to be life-changing."

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