We’ve all had shots that have been almost perfect… but not quite.  The putt that rolls up towards the hole but fails to drop, the one that horseshoes out or the pitch that’s aimed at the front of the green but lands in the fringe and falls to roll anywhere.  We’ve also had some lucky escapes – the drive that’s destined for the fairway bunker but somehow bounces off the lip and flies on over, landing on a flat area of grass, or the tee shot that looks like it’s heading for a watery grave on the 9th but it hits one of the bricks lining the pond, bounces 30 feet in the air and lands in the middle of the green!  If any of those shots had been one inch farther/shorter, the result would have been entirely different, but that’s golf!

Rory McIlroy started Sunday at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship with a one-shot lead and was tied at the top with an on-form Collin Morikawa at 15 under as he played the 15th hole on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Rory, trying to win the tournament for a record third time, hit an impressive drive on par 4, leaving himself a wedge to the green to try to set up a birdie.  His shot looked perfect as it flew up and over the bunker and on target for the flag stick.  Unfortunately for Rory he was too accurate – see for yourself…

Poor Rory!  He proceeded to leave his third shot in the fringe shy of the green and couldn’t convert the par save with his putter. The bad break appeared to unsettle him, as he made a three-putt bogey on the next hole and then bogeyed the par-5 18th after hitting his tee shot way right and his second shot into the water. He finished with a two-over 74 score which left him tied for sixth place, five shots behind the winner, Collin Morikawa.
What if…
Rory’s ball had gone into the hole or it had landed an inch from the hole?
Would he have bogeyed those final holes?  Probably not! 
Would he have managed a birdie or two?  Who knows! 
Would he have won? 
Would his shirt have remained intact?