McIlroy (66) rallies, but comes up short at Quail Hollow


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The guy who shot 62 in the final round in 2010 and 61 last year on his way to bookend Wells Fargo Championship titles almost did it again.

Rory McIlroy began Sunday’s final round with a bogey and was nine strokes off the lead when he stepped to the second tee, but that didn’t stop the world No. 3 from making a run at the leaders.

McIlroy birdied Nos. 4, 5, 7 and 8 to turn at 4 under for the week, and added two more birdies at Nos. 10 and 11 to move to within two shots of the lead, but he failed to convert numerous chances coming down the stretch.

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The Northern Irishman missed birdie putts of 14 feet (No. 12), 23 feet (No. 13) and 16 feet (No. 15) and an eagle attempt from 20 feet at the 14th hole.

“I had two great putts at 12 and 13 that didn't drop. I needed to stay aggressive at 14, that [his drive] was one of the best shots I hit all week,” said McIlroy, who closed with a 66. “There were three good chances to maybe make up a couple of shots and didn't quite do it.”

Two strokes off the lead playing the last, McIlroy played an aggressive approach shot to a pin tucked close to a creek but ended up in a difficult lie and scrambled to make bogey.

“The second shot on 18 I was in between clubs and tried to play the shot that I felt had the best chance to get it close and make ‘3’ and paid the price by not making a good swing,” he said.