Rory McIlroy narrowly misses out on SA Open win as Graeme Storm edges gripping playoff

Northern Irishman got within touching distance of victory

BY Raf Diallo 13:12 Sunday 15 January 2017, 13:12 15 Jan 2017

Picture by Mike Groll AP/Press Association Images

Rory McIlroy has narrowly missed out on victory at the BMW SA Open in South Africa after a tight playoff.

The four time major winner went head to head with England's Graeme Storm with victory at stake but the Englishman edged to victory. 

Both golfers finished on 18-under after four rounds on course, one shot clear of England's Jordan L Smith, the force a two way playoff.

McIlroy had shown consistency throughout the tournament, carding a 67 followed by a 68 for his opening two rounds.

An eagle on the 7th hole in Round 3 allowed him to once again card a 67, before a 68 after 18 holes after Sunday's action to set up a playoff against Storm. 

The pair began the playoff action on the 18th tee, which had gone in Storm's favour overall during the tournament.

Both shot level par on the 18th, extending the playoff on to the   



The second hole of the playoff left McIlroy in a difficult position through the trees. But he managed to extricate himself from that predicament extremely well:  

Both McIlroy and Storm parred that hole to take the playoff further.

But ultimately it was the Englishman who prevailed as McIlroy failed to par. 

Storm had come close to losing his European Tour card ahead of 2017 but retained it after US golfer Patrick Reed failed to fulfill the requirements to maintain his.

Darren Clarke had also been in action at the SA Open but missed the cut for the weekend after finishing on 4-over overall after two rounds. 

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