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Rory McIlroy's campaign at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai came to a tame end on Sunday, with a final round 69 seeing him finish nine-shots behind leader Dustin Johnson.
On a low-scoring day at the Sheshan International golf course, McIlroy started his round well with two goals in the first five holes, but managed just one more birdie in a bogey-less round.
|| Dustin Johnson
|| Ian Poulter
|| Graeme McDowell
|| Sergio Garcia
|| Justin Rose
|| Rory McIlroy
|| Graham Delaet
|| Bubba Watson
|| Jamie Donaldson
The positive for McIlroy is that his performance, per the European Tour, moves him up to 31st in the Race to Dubai standings with just one event remaining, guaranteeing his participation at the end of season finals.
The 24-year-old, while someway off the pace after a disappointing second round, will be disappointed not to have made more of the opportunities available to him on the final day.
With two of the course's four par fives reachable in two shots, McIlroy attacked both holes but picked up just one shot—well below his expectations.
On the eighth, he found the water hazard just short of the green and was forced to save par after accepting a drop ball. Meanwhile, having made the green in two on 14, he two putted to claim just a birdie for his efforts.
Missed opportunity was the story of his day, with the course offering little in the way of treachery at all. Indeed, a 12-foot put on the par-four fifth was the early highlight of his day.
McIlroy will sit out the event in Turkey after his long slog in Asia, but his winless 2013 season continues with the Dubai tour finals now rapidly approaching.