CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Briton Rory McIlroy consolidated his third place on Europe’s money-list (Race to Dubai) with a scintillating closing seven-under 64 in Sunday’s European Masters.
Last year’s runner-up in Switzerland hit an eagle and eight birdies to tie for seventh with a total of 12-under 272 but was annoyed not to finish better after being upset by a photographer on the last hole.
“I was annoyed with myself because I was looking for a birdie on the last after playing so well,” the 20-year-old Northern Irishman told reporters after bogeying the 18th with a wayward drive.
“But this cameraman was annoying me before I teed off and then he clicked on my way down. Some photographers don’t know golf, that’s the trouble.”
With Race to Dubai leader Martin Kaymer of Germany injured and not likely to play for at least another two weeks and second-placed Paul Casey of Britain only just recovering from injury, McIlroy could have made a significant move on the pair in next week’s Mercedes Masters in Cologne.
However, instead of playing in Germany, McIlroy has opted to play in the non-European Tour event Korean Open next week.
“I still have the Dunhill Links, Portugal, Matchplay, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Dubai, so there will be plenty of chances for me,” he said. (Editing by Sonia Oxley; To comment on this story: email@example.com)