McIlroy outside top 10 in Eygpt
Rory McIlroy's brief flirtation with Europe's second tier Challenge Tour proved less than successful with the world number nine ending tied for 12th at the Egyptian Open.
The 21-year-old Briton, competing in Cairo to promote the event, shot a closing four-under 68 for a six-under aggregate of 282 to finish a distant seven strokes behind winner Mark Tullo of Chile.
"That was my lowest round of the week and it could have been a lot better," said McIlroy. "I missed four short birdie putts, all inside eight feet, on the back nine.
"There was a massive difference between how I hit the ball today and in the first round. Wednesday was really bad - the worst I have ever hit it as a professional," added the Northern Irishman referring to his opening 71.
"It was cool to see the Pyramids even though it was a short trip. It has been a great week, hopefully I'll be able to come back one day if it becomes a European Tour event."
McIlroy will be back on the full tour in two weeks' time, competing alongside the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood at the WGC-Champions Tournament in Shanghai.