Sunday, 7 September 2008

Rory gets beaten by a bigger boy ten years his senior, 29 year old Jean-Francois Lucquin. Maybe it's still an old man's game....

Rory Mc Ilroy just missed out on becoming the third youngest winner on the European tour by a whisker today. He got off to a bad start in his round, bogeys on 2 and 3 taking him right back to the emerging players in the field attempting to catch him, principally two Frenchmen, Jean-Francois Lucquin and Christian Cevaer and the hometown Swiss hope Julien Clement, with Miguel Angel Jimenez coming up on the rails as well. He didn't lose his composure however and settled nicely into his round with a birdie on the fifth. Two more came on the 12th and 15th and he found himself in the position on the last that par would be enough to win...

He struggled though with his approach ending up on the fringe, a bit of a heavy chip from there, left a five footer for the win, but it didn't fall for young Rory, and he was into a play-off with clubhouse leader Lucquin, both finishing on 13 under.

It was on the second play-off hole where the title was decided, again, the 18th being McIlroy's undoing. Lucquin rolled in his birdie putt, McIlroy failed to even make his par. But he was philosophical about his defeat.

"Obviously I'm very disappointed but I can take a lot from this week. I came here after three missed cuts in a row and found a bit of form. It would be great to get a win this year, but if not, I have the rest of my career."

You'd be a fool to think it will be a long time coming. He's played sterling golf all week and it's a cruel thing to be denied on the last like that but then it's a 72 hole tournament, not 71, as another Frenchman, Jean Van de Velde, could tell him.

Lucquin played the course very consistently over the four days; all rounds in the 60's - 68, 67, 69 and 67. He was four shots better than McIlroy today and deserves his win. He does have Ten years on young Rory mind. His day will come.

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