By Derek Lawrenson for MailOnline
Published: 18:56 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 18:56 BST, 1 September 2019
It's not only the Masters at Augusta that continues to be an elusive target for Rory McIlroy. The European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre keeps slipping from his grasp as well.
The Northern Irishman travelled to the Swiss mountain idyll last week hell-bent on making amends for the hash he made of the 18th hole in 2008, when poised for his first victory as a pro.
'If I could have one shot in my career again.....' he said before the event began, referring to the fact he flew the final green with a sand wedge, and failed to get up and down for the par he needed to win, before losing the subsequent play-off.
Rory McIlroy endured another painful ending to his European Masters campaign
It looked like he would atone in classic Rory fashion on Saturday, when he birdied five of his last seven holes to make another play-off, this time with four other players for company. None of the four were ranked in the top 120 in the Race to Dubai.
Back at the 18th for the first play-off hole, McIlroy struck a wondrous wedge approach to 8ft to pile the pressure on the journeymen quartet. One man, however, refused to be intimidated.