Rory McIlroy regrets Open Championship finish: ‘I was beaten by the best player this week’

NEWNow you can listen to Fox News articles!

Rory McIlroy started the fourth round open championship Sunday took first place, beating eventual winner Cam Smith by four strokes.

McIlroy was unable to find his club stroke.

He only made two birdies in the final round and finished with 70, which would have probably won him the tournament if not for Smith’s eight birdies. McIlroy dropped to third place after Cameron Young recorded the eagle at 18.

After the round, the Northern Irishman spoke to NBC’s Katherine Tappen.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS ADS ON FOXNEWS.COM

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his second shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the 150th Open at The Old Course in St. Louis.  Andrews on July 17, 2022 in St. Louis.  Andrews, Scotland.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his second shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the 150th Open at The Old Course in St. Louis. Andrews on July 17, 2022 in St. Louis. Andrews, Scotland.
(David Cannon/Getty Images)

“Just a disappointment, I guess,” he said when asked what he thought of the round. “I had a great opportunity to add to this important bill and I didn’t quite get it right. Didn’t feel like I did much wrong. I did what I wanted. I played golf in a very controlled way. I didn’t take advantage of some of the holes I used this week.

“Both Camerons, but especially Cam Smith, continued this run on the bottom nine. I really should have tried to dig deeper and make some birds, but I just couldn’t. This week I was beaten by the best player. Shooting 64 balls and winning the Open Championship at St. Andrews is a hell of a feat. Hats off to Cam, he had an incredible week.”

OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 2022: CAM SMITH WINS FIRST MAJOR TITLE AFTER AN INCREDIBLE FINAL ROUND

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland greets the crowd on field 18 during The 150th Open in St. Louis.  Old Andrews Field, July 17, 2022, in St. Louis.  Andrews, Scotland.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland greets the crowd on field 18 during The 150th Open in St. Louis. Old Andrews Field, July 17, 2022, in St. Louis. Andrews, Scotland.
(Harry Howe/Getty Images)

McIlroy said he knew he could win the tournament, which would be his first major title in eight years. He won open championship and the PGA Championship in 2014.

“I knew I could do it,” he said. “I love this course. I play well here. The last two open events I’ve played here, I finished third both times. US Open, eighth in the PGA – I’m knocking on the door. I just have to be patient and keep going.” knock on the door, and eventually one of them will open again for me.”

Even though the main tournaments of the golf season are over, the FedEx Cup is ready. still in the game for McIlroy. He is in fourth place behind the Scottish Open. He has 1894 points in 12 tournaments. Scotty Sheffler is leading with 3514 after winning four FedEx Cup tournaments.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks dejected on the 18th green during the 150th Open in St. Louis.  Andrews Old Course July 17, 2022 in St. Louis.  Andrews, Scotland.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks dejected on the 18th green during the 150th Open in St. Louis. Andrews Old Course July 17, 2022 in St. Louis. Andrews, Scotland.
(Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

There are six tournaments left for the 2021-22 season. PGA Tour Schedule. 3M Open is scheduled for July 21st.