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Rory McIlroy failed in his bid to defend his UBS Hong Kong Open title. AP photo

Rory McIlroy failed in his bid to defend his UBS Hong Kong Open title. AP photo

Rory McIlroy’s bid to become the first man in half a century to retain the $2 million UBS Hong Kong Open came to an embarrassing end on Nov. 16, the world number one crashing out with a double-bogey.

With the 23-year-old almost certain to miss the halfway cut after a disastrous second round, Anders Hansen surged to the top of the leaderboard.

McIlroy had four bogeys in five holes, made par on his penultimate hole, then finished with a double-bogey.

“I always enjoy coming back here, it’s just a pity that this year had to end like that,” said McIlroy, who audibly groaned when his approach shot went wayward on the fifth hole. “The wind was tricky. I didn’t putt very well in Singapore last week. This week was the same, so a bit of putting practice is required in Dubai.”

November/17/2012

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