IF RORY McILROY goes on to achieve what many think he can in the game of golf then the 2008 Omega European Masters will be given just a passing mention.
But the way he lost the title to Frenchman Jean-Francois Lucquin – 460th in the world – in Switzerland yesterday will be hard for the Northern Irish 19-year-old to get out of his mind for a while.
McIlroy, one ahead with one to play, stood over a five-foot putt with the chance to become the third youngest winner in European Tour history, and the only teenager in the world’s top 100.
He missed it, though, and come the second play-off hole, he missed from barely 18 inches on the same green to hand Lucquin the title on a plate.
“Obviously I’m very disappointed,” said McIlroy, who had been four clear with a round to play, but after bogeys at the second and third suddenly found himself one behind and then down to fourth place at one point. “But I can take a lot from this week.”