McIlroy, 29, moreover extended a streak, this but yet one more enigmatic. Since January of ultimate yr, he has carried out his means into the ultimate group for the final word spherical eight situations — with out rising triumphant. McIlroy’s lone title run in that stretch received right here at Bay Hill ultimate March when he started the final word spherical in the next-to-last group.
To mount a value, McIlroy wished to get off to the type of scorching start engineered by Casey, who teed off 4 groups ahead and birdied the first three holes. Johnson started shakily, participating in the first 5 holes in one over, nevertheless McIlroy, no matter making a birdie on the second, could not swing the momentum his means. He did not uncover a fairway off the tee until the eighth hole and he missed a birdie putt of 11 toes on the first hole and a 6-footer for par on the fourth.
After participating in the first 9 in one over, McIlroy settled for par on No. 10, which Johnson birdied. At that point, McIlroy talked about, his caddie, Harry Diamond, suggested him to miss about attempting to catch Johnson and concentrate on consolidating second place.
“I knew at that point that I didn’t have a chance; D. J. was playing too well,” McIlroy talked about.
McIlroy coated the final word eight holes in 5 under and all he may do was equal Johnson’s final-nine 31.
“I felt like I was standing still,” McIlroy talked about with enjoyable. “I was making birdies and going nowhere.”
The totally different member of the final word threesome on Sunday was Patrick Reed, who was grouped with McIlroy on Sunday finally yr’s Masters and claimed the inexperienced jacket with a 71 to McIlroy’s 74. That was McIlroy’s second cubic zirconia in the lustrous string. The fourth was the World Golf Championships event in Ohio, the place he could not overcome Thomas’s three-stroke profit. The sixth was the Tour Championship, the place he started three behind Woods. The seventh was the Tournament of Champions, the place Xander Schauffele shot a 62 to leapfrog into first.
“I’ve played well, I’ve done what I’ve wanted to do and needed to do,” McIlroy talked about, together with: “My game’s right there. I’m really happy with everything. I’ve just got to stay patient, look at the positives and just keep persisting and putting myself in positions, and sooner or later hopefully it will go my way.”