Luke Donald and Lee Westwood's hopes of winning a first major title again came up short in the final round of the US PGA Championship in Atlanta on Sunday.
The one and two ranked players in the world were in contention going into the final round which was
won by American rookie Keegan Bradley
Both shot a two-under-par 68 and finished tied for eighth.
"It was a missed opportunity again," said Donald. "I thought if I could get to seven under I'd have a chance."
The Brits' best major finishes
- Luke Donald:
Tied third, 2005 Masters, 2006 US PGA
- Lee Westwood:
Second, 2010 Masters, 2010 Open
World number one Donald was four under for his round through 12 holes but found the water off the 15th tee to effectively scupper his chances.
"At four under I thought I had to press a bit and take on some pins," he added.
"I took a tighter line than I normally would on 15 but I just hit a poor shot. I didn't strike it well enough."
The 33-year-old finished tied fourth in the US Masters this year, T45 in the US Open and missed the cut in the Open.
World number two Lee Westwood will also have to wait until next year for the chance to break his major duck.
“I have enjoyed playing great for a long time now, but unfortunately when I turn up to majors and I don't win it's a disappointing week for everybody it seems - and obviously for me”
The Englishman also crept to four under for the day with birdies at the eighth, 10th and 12th, but was unable to make further inroads and found the water on the 18th to end with a bogey for a 68.
"I played lovely again. It's just one of those things," said Westwood, who has had five top-three finishes in his last nine majors.
"I have enjoyed playing great for a long time now, but unfortunately when I turn up to majors and I don't win it's a disappointing week for everybody it seems - and obviously for me."
who injured himself hitting a tree root on the third hole of his opening round,
finished alongside Padraig Harrington in 64th spot in what is likely to be his last round in America for more than six months.
The 22-year-old US Open champion is rejoining the PGA Tour next season, but his next appearance on the circuit may not be until the WGC-Accenture Match Play in late February.
McIlroy said: "I have basically played 70 holes out of 72 not at 100 percent, so it was frustrating not to be able to play the way I wanted to.
"But I got through the tournament. I was proud of that and I am looking forward just to taking a couple of weeks off and making sure that I come back fully fit when I'm ready."