Promising signs on the weekend with former world number 1 Rory Mcilroy finishing second in the Kolon Korea Open. Mcilroy started the tournament off the back of an extremely poor year which has seen him change his equipment, his agent and his management and has also seen his relationship with Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki pushed to the absolute limit. However, with all this happening and some unfriendly words thrown in from many critics, he has overcome a troubled year to finally show the world the sheer brilliance and talent he has to offer.
After a good start on Thursday, Mcilroy began to slip back from the leading pack when he shot a disappointing 75. This disappointment was short-lived when Mcilroy shot four-under-par on the final day to finish tied for second alongside four other players. But Mcilroy’s ups and downs were not the talking point for the final day as penalty shot made the difference between winning and losing. According to ONEASIA, Kim Hyung-tae was standing on 17 with a two-shot lead when rules officials informed him that he had grounded his club in a hazard on 13 and would be assessed a two-shot penalty. Kim Hyung-tae finished tied for second after missing his birdie putt on the 18th to force a play-off with eventual winner Kang Sung-hoon. Even after such heartbreak, Kim Hyung-tae gave an overwhelming congratulations to Kang Sung-hoon and held his head high after a devastating blow.
Rory Mcilroy had this to say after his round on Sunday,
“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.”