Rory McIlroy comes up short at Sawgrass

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy finished the Players Championship at Sawgrass with a closing eight-birdie 66 which left him on course for a top-10 finish.

McIlroy did well to recover from an opening bogey to move to the turn in 35 after birdies at the sixth and eighth.

His back nine was much better and included two runs of three successive birdies including his final three holes.

Portrush’s Graeme McDowell had an average day at the office as he hot a 72.

As leader Martin Kaymer was about to start his final nine holes, McIlroy was five off the pace on nine under par and sharing sixth place

However, McIlroy will surely have been happy with his weekend’s work after needing to hole a putt on the final green on Friday to make the cut.

And for the second successive day, McIlroy finished his round with three straight birdies which only served to emphasise the gulf in standards between his front and back nines in the tournament.

Throughout the tournament he took 152 shots for the opening nine throughout the week but was 25 shots fewer on the inward half.

Germany’s Martin Kaymer was leading late last night but bad weather led to play being suspended.