Sunday, October 20, 2013


Former world number one Rory McIlroy cards five birdies in his four-under-par round to end one behind winner Kang Sung-hoon 
at the Korea Open today. 
McIlroy shot a final-round 67 to claim a share of second place. The Northern Irishman, who had fallen 10 shots behind the lead after three rounds, carded five birdies in his four-under-par round to end one behind winner Kang Sung-hoon.
It was a strong finish after what had been a frustrating third day for the world number six at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club course near Cheonan. The only blemish in the final round for McIlroy, who had been playing his first tournament for a month, was a bogey at the 16th.
McIlroy, the star attraction at the OneAsia Tour event, said: "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. I felt like it could have been so much lower the last couple of days."
McIlroy was three off the pace when he completed his round but the capitulation of overnight leader Kim Hyung-tae may have exacerbated his sense of frustration.
Kim had begun the final round with a four-stroke lead but shot a six-over 77, which included a triple bogey six at the 13th, to finish alongside McIlroy on three under. Three other South Koreans, Lee Sang-hee, Lee Chang-woo and Joong-kyung, also finished on three-under 281.
Kang scooped the title after a strong back nine, including a crucial birdie at the last. Kang was one over for the day after 11, but birdies at the 14th and 15th, as well as the 18th, saw him come home in 32 for a two-under-par round of 69. 

So much for cruising to victory.
Hyung-tae Kim was two shots ahead as he stood on the 17th tee Sunday at the OneAsia Tour’s Kolon Korea Open. That all changed when he was approached by a rules official, who told Kim that he would be penalized two shots for grounding his club in a hazard on the 13th hole.
Kim proceeded to bogey the 17th and couldn’t birdie the 18th, finishing in a share of second (along with Rory McIlroy), one shot behind Sung-hoon Kang.
The discussion of the penalty didn’t end on the 17th hole, however. Before signing his card, Kim returned to the 13th and spent nearly two hours arguing the infraction with rules officials, who had consulted TV replays, according to published reports.
The Korean Golf Association rules committee voted, 5-3, against Kim, and eventually he signed for 6 instead of 4. He finished with 77 after taking a four-shot lead into the final round.
Even Kang didn’t feel like celebrating afterward, telling reporters, “I’m a really good friend of his, so at the moment it doesn’t feel great. Even though I won the tournament, I just feel really sorry for him. I was actually out there to celebrate for him, but … I don’t know … I don’t know what to say. It’s horrible.” 



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