Published Monday, 11 June 2012
Rory McIlroy shows his frustration after making a double bogey (© Getty)
McIlroy had to settle for a share of seventh place at the FedEx St Jude Classic after his ball fell into a lake on the final hole on Sunday.
The Holywood golfer was still in contention after a 20-footer for birdie on the 17th made him joint leader.
But he drove into the water off the last tee and with a double bogey six blew his title chances.
The result is still a massive improvement on his previous tournaments where he recorded three consecutive missed cuts.
McIlroy was not too downhearted by his late collapse.
"I saw a lot of positive signs this week," he said.
"I got in a good position after 11 holes of the final round and hit a couple of shots coming in, but, you know, overall it's still a pretty good week," he said.
"I'm looking forward to getting to San Francisco and I can take a lot into next week.
"I said in the early part of the week, if I got into contention that was great. I did that. I feel like I'm well prepared going into the US Open."
American Dustin Johnson clinched the St Jude Classic title.