• Korea Open

McIlroy recovers to take second spot

ESPN staff
October 20, 2013
McIlroy was again disappointed with his performance with the flatstick © Getty Images

Rory McIlroy admitted he could have shot "absolutely anything" after a final-round 67 saw him finish just one shot behind winner Sung-hoon Kang at the Korea Open.

The Northern Irishman had seemingly played himself out of the tournament after a 75 on Saturday left him 10 off the pace, but McIlroy took advantage of all the leaders collapsing on the final day to finish in a tie for second at three-under at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club.

Hyung-tae Kim, who held a four-stroke lead overnight, collapsed to a six-over round of 77 to fall back alongside McIlroy, with Kang holing a birdie putt at 18 to snatch the title.

But with the European Tour's Final Series getting underway next week, starting with the BMW Masters, McIlroy feels his game tee-to-green is in good shape - with more work on his putting needed.

"I could have shot anything, absolutely anything," McIlroy said after his round. "I only missed two greens and had so many chances, but it was like the story of yesterday - I just didn't hole enough putts.

"I created so many more chances today that it could have been 61, 62. It just wasn't to be. I didn't birdie any of the par fives which was disappointing. It was tough. I felt like it could have been so much lower the last couple of days.

"A little frustrating, but I'm happy with how I hit it. I hit the ball really well off the tee and my iron play was very solid as well. I feel like my game is in good shape going into the next few weeks, and that's a good thing.

"If I keep giving myself all those birdie chances, sooner or later I'm going to start holing a few. I'll work on my putting over the next couple of days and get ready for Shanghai."

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