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Kolon Korea Open: Sung-hoon Kang Wins, McIlroy Finishes Joint-Second
Rory McIlroy shot a final round of 67 to finish tied for second just one shot behind winner Sung-hoon Kang, and says he’s satisfied with the result on his return to action.
It was a tough day on Saturday for McIlroy, who shot a disappointing 75 to slip ten shots off the lead, before he came soaring back with a 67 in the final round to put himself on three-under and gave himself an eventual finish in a tie for second.
Hyung-tae Kim held a four-shot lead going into the final round but collapsed with a six-over round of 77 to fall back into the tie for second place alongside McIlroy, with Kang benefiting as he birdied the 18th to claim the title, much to the appreciation of those in attendance.
Rory McIlroy was the headline act at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, which is situated near Seoul, as he returned from a month-long hiatus looking for some much-needed form ahead of the final stretch of the European Tour season.
The Northern Irishman’s swing was, as always, in good order, with his main criticisms coming on the greens where he was unable to capitalise on some excellent approach play.
McIlroy said after the game: “I could have shot anything, absolutely anything. 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."