Rory McIlroy’s last round bid faltered as the Northern Irishman finished fifth behind American Patrick Reed in the European Tour’s WGC-Mexico Championship on Sunday.
World number one McIlroy started the round four shots off the pace and made an early charge, with birdies at the first, third and sixth holes in a bogey-free front nine at Chapultepec Golf Club. But a bogey five at the 12th cost McIlroy his momentum as Reed and countryman Bryson DeChambeau surged clear.
Starting the day one off the pace, the 29-year-old Reed was two-under through a bogey-free first 14 holes, including a stretch of 10 successive pars from the second to the 11th.
DeChambeau set the course alight en route to the day’s second-best round, making eight birdies and one bogey through his first 14 holes to challenge for victory.
But Reed responded beautifully with three straight birdies from holes 15 to 17. And when DeChambeau made three putts for a bogey four at the 17th, it meant Reed could afford his own bogey, on the 18th, and cling on for a one-shot win, his four-under 67 leaving him at 18-under 266.