Rory McIlroy has narrowly missed out on an Olympics medal.
Rory McIlroy has missed out on an Olympics medal after finishing fourth at the men’s event in Tokyo.
Xander Schauffele and Rory Sabbatini won gold and silver respectively, with the race for bronze going down to a seven-way play-off.
Narrowly missing a birdie putt on the 18th hole, McIlroy finished on a score of 67, 15 under par.
Speaking to RTE afterwards, McIlroy said that he had “never tried so hard to finish third” and that he was looking forward to taking part in the next Olympics in Paris is 2024.
He also reflected on his time in Tokyo, saying that he really enjoyed Shane Lowry’s company as both men competed for Ireland.
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Rory McIlroy has loved his Olympics experience.
Earlier this week, McIlroy spoke about how the Olympics experience is different to the golf events that he is used to, saying: “We’re staying in a hotel and the U.S. basketball team are there. We got a couple of German athletes. We’re on the range today and we heard that Ireland won the gold medal in the rowing.
“We’re trying to concentrate a lot on what you’re doing, but you’re also really interested in everything else that’s going on around you. So, I think that’s the very cool part about it (the Olympics).”
As for Lowry, he finished joint 22nd after a final round score of 71 as Ireland’s golf medal hopes were dashed.
Closing par at 18 for Shane and an E par round of 71 to finish the week in Tokyo. A very disappointing final round from Shane but a strong finish going -3 thru the last 5 🔥Shane is currently tied 22nd at -10 after rounds of 70, 65, 68, 71 🔥#Olympics #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/KbfE57nEhA
— Shane Lowry tracker (@LowryTracker) August 1, 2021
Disappointment for Irish boxers.
Elsewhere in Tokyo, it was a disappointing day for the Irish boxers as Aidan Walsh was forced to withdraw from his Olympics semi-final due to an ankle injury.
Meanwhile, Kurt Walker was defeated by Duke Ragan on a split decision in his quarter-final.