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Travelers Championship: Rory McIlroy Falls Six Shots Behind

Travelers Championship: Rory McIlroy Falls Six Shots Behind

Rory McIlroy falls six shots behind Xander Schauffele in the Travelers Championship. Rory McIlroy’s bid to win his sixth US Open title ended in disappointment as he fired a final round of 74 to finish T-7 at the Travelers Championship.

The World number one was five over par from the first round at The Country Club and played some of the worst golf of the day.

After hitting a birdie on the 18th, the Northern Irishman bogeyed three of the last four holes. He closed out the round with a double-bogey on the third hole before sealing the deal with a seven-footer for birdie at the last to match South African Xander Schauffele.

Schauffele is the new leader by one ahead of American Chris Wood.

Defending champion Justin Rose was tied for the lead in defending Masters champion Francesco Molinari of Italy. Rose shot a 73 while Molinari, the man who gave the American a scare on the first day with a late surge, was a shot behind.

Tour rookie Tommy Fleetwood and England’s Danny Willett were also on the board after rounds of 71 and 68, respectively.

Tiger Woods had a one-over total of even par, along with two-time major winner Adam Scott.

England’s Stephen Gallacher, who is now ranked number five in the world, was among those a shot further back with an eight-under-par total of 66.

McIlroy’s compatriot Graeme McDowell and Australian Jason Day, playing in the pro-am, we’re both in contention on four under.

Day shot 69 to climb to five under.

McIlroy said afterwards: “It was one of those days.

“I did well to get to 12 under. I didn’t really get going and it kind of petered out from there.

“I’m disappointed. I didn’t get the momentum going early and I just couldn’t get it going.”

The world number one is without a win this season.

He has also slipped to fifth in the FedEx Cup, with only the top 25 in the points table guaranteed a spot in next year’s US Open.

McIlroy was the runner-up to Frenchman Thomas Pieters at the 2014 Open. He won the PGA Championship in July this year but has not triumphed since.

McIlroy’s best result came in 2013, when he lost out to Francesco Molinari by one shot.

The 29-year-old, who is coming off a third-place finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Florida, also missed out on a chance to become the first European player to win all four majors.

McIlroy and South Africa’s Schauffele, who will try to become the first American to lift the US Open since Steve Stricker in 2009, both opened with rounds of 66 to go one clear of

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