• Maybank Malaysian Open, Round Four

McIlroy thwarted again as Manassero wins in Malaysia

ESPN staff
April 17, 2011


Rory McIlroy suffered final-day heartbreak for the second consecutive week as he was helpless to stop Italian teenager Matteo Manassero claim victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open.

The Ulsterman capitulated spectacularly in last week's Masters - blowing an four-shot lead at Augusta, and he let another lead slip on the back nine in Malaysia.

The highlight of Manassero's round was a stunning eagle three at the par-five 10th, but it was his maturity under pressure which was key to his round, parring the final four holes to finish 16-under-par.

The Italian, who turns 18 on Tuesday, bagged himself a healthy winner's cheque, while McIlroy parred just two holes on the back nine. Although he claimed seven birdies in his final round 69, the momentum swung firmly in Manassero's favour when McIlroy double bogeyed the par-four 12th.

"I had a really good day today," Manassero said. "It was really tight today but with some luck I managed to achieve a victory which is just fantastic."

Gregory Bourdy clinched second place, one stroke behind Manassero and one ahead of McIlroy following an impressive final-round 67. Four straight birdies on the front nine got the Frenchman off to a flying start, and although a double bogey at 12 checked his charge, he finished with a flourish to secure second on 15-under.

World No. 1 Martin Kaymer failed to build on his impressive start on Saturday and slipped back to finish in a tie for ninth place after his final round 72. Masters champion Charl Schwartzel was a stroke further back on seven-under.

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