Rory McIlroy suffers yet another near-miss in his bid to win a first major since 2014 at the Open

Rory McIlroy suffers yet another near-miss in his bid to win a first major since 2014 at the Open

‘He’s the one I feel like I let slip’: Rory McIlroy close to TEARS as he suffers another near miss in his bid to win a first major since 2014 at the Open… while as winner Cameron Smith refuses to rule out joining Saudi rebels

  • Cameron Smith produced a superb display to win the 150th Open Championship
  • The Aussie inflicted more misery on a shocked Rory McIlroy
  • McIlroy suffered another near miss in his bid to win a first major title since 2014
  • He finished third behind Smith and Cameron Young at St Andrews

Rory McIlroy was on the verge of tears after admitting to letting the Open slip away on a thrilling final day at St Andrews which finally saw Australian Cameron Smith lift the Claret Jug.

McIlroy had to participate in the eagle at last to force a play-off, but it never came close as he suffered the pain of another near-miss in his bid to win a first major since 2014.

His final loop of 70 left him two short of Smith, who came back from four overnight to score a stellar 64 and a record 20-under total to take the victory.

Rory McIlroy was on the verge of tears after admitting he let the Open ‘escape’ on the final day

Australian Cameron Smith lifted the Claret Jug after an impressive performance at St Andrews

The newly crowned champion golfer then refused to deny reports that he could join the Saudi-backed LIV series.

Finishing third behind Smith and Cameron Young, McIlroy said: “Obviously I’m disappointed.

“I felt like I didn’t do much wrong today, but I didn’t do much right either. I was beaten by a better player this week. A par 20 cents for four rounds of golf here is really, really impressive.

McIlroy finished third in the end behind Smith and American Cameron Young at the Open

McIlroy finished third in the end behind Smith and American Cameron Young at the Open

‘I’m fine. In the end, it’s not life or death. I will have other chances to win the Open Championship and other chances to win majors. It’s the one I feel like I let slip, but there will be other opportunities.

Although McIlroy achieved his third top five in a major tournament this year and did not finish outside the top eight of four, it was undoubtedly another missed opportunity to stop the clock after leading from three to 10 holes.

He had managed to shrug off the threat of his 54-hole co-leader Viktor Hovland, but when Smith launched a blitz of five birdies on successive holes from the 10th, McIlroy, in the group behind, paid the price of too many failures. puts.

McIlroy paid the price in the end for too many missed putts, as Smith blitzed five birdies

McIlroy said, “I can’t be too discouraged because of how this year has gone and this year.”

“I play one of the best golf courses I have played in a long time. So it’s just a matter of keeping knocking on the door, and eventually we’ll open up. I just have to dust myself off and come back and keep working hard and keep believing.

“Going down 14, I knew I had to answer Cam. I just couldn’t find the shots or putts to do it. The putter just got a little cold today compared to the last three days.

McIlroy added: “My hotel room is right in front of the big yellow board of 18. And every time I go out I try to imagine ‘McIlroy’ at the top of that chart and how did that turn out. past?” At the start of the day it was at the top, but at the start of the day it will no longer be. You have to let yourself dream.

For Smith, whose under-20 total was jointly the best recorded at a major tournament, the win marks his first title at one of golf’s biggest four tournaments.

The 150th Open represents Smith's first title at one of golf's top four tournaments

The 150th Open represents Smith’s first title at one of golf’s top four tournaments

The 28-year-old said: “I think winning an open championship in itself will probably be the highlight of a golfer’s career.” Doing it around St Andrews I think is just amazing.

When asked how he would celebrate, Smith replied, “I’ll probably have about 20 Claret jugs (of beer).”

With 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama understood to be set to join LIV, and with rumors lingering around European Ryder Cup captain Henrik Stenson, Smith was asked if he could sign up with the Rebels.

Ominously, he stopped short of denying, saying: “I just won the British Open, and you’re asking about it.” I think it’s not that good. I don’t know, mate.

“My team around me is worried about all this. I’m here to win golf tournaments.

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