Rory McIlroy finds water 4 times at Irish Open while Vincent Norrman storms to victory

Rory McIlroy plays from the spectator village on the 16th hole during the final round of the Irish Open at The K Club. He found water twice on this hole, leading to a triple-bogey 8.

There’s a plaque in the fairway on the par-5 16th hole at Ireland’s famed K Club, in County Kildare, that commemorates a 3-wood Rory McIlroy hit to about 40 feet for his second shot during the final round of his 2016 Irish Open victory. Seven years later, and only about 10 yards from that same plaque, the result was wildly different.

The Northern Irishman found the water—twice—and racked up a triple-bogey 8 that ended his hopes of chasing down eventual winner, Vincent Norrman. Somehow, though, the finish to this Irish Open was just as entertaining.

In a weather-interrupted final round, Norrman came from the clouds with a seven-under 65 that launched him from six behind the lead beginning the final round to a second victory this season. He finished at 14 under par (274), one shot ahead of Germany’s Hurly Long