It has taken almost a year since we’ve seen the monster drives in the middle of the fairway, the crisp iron shots to the center of the greens, and the clutch putting from the now, World’s number six golfer, but Rory McIlroy got it done down under, at the Emirates Australian Open Golf tournament on Sunday afternoon.
McIlroy fired a final-round six under par 66 at the Royal Sydney Golf Club to spoil Adam Scott’s bid for the Aussie sweep. The youngster from Northern Ireland started the day four strokes back and chased the leader all day to finally catch, and win the tournament on the last hole.
He battled down the stretch after he got within one stroke, catching Scott on the 13th hole for a brief second before Adam made his birdie to re-take the lead. McIlroy continued to make clutch par putts until 18, where he put his approach shot to eight feet with Scott in trouble.
The two shot swing at the last hole would give McIlroy his first win in 2013, and his first win since signing a huge contract with Nike back in January at Abu Dhabi. Now it’s back to the US to take on fellow Nike employee, Tiger Woods at the Northwestern Mutual World Championships later this week.
Adam Scott was not able to complete the Australian sweep in Sydney. He won both the Australian PGA, and Masters, as well as the World Cup of Golf with teammate Jason Day. His final round 71 was just not good enough to get it done on Sunday Afternoon. He hung in all day, but did nothing spectacular to go out and win the tournament.
Rory McIlroy, with his tee to green game in order, hitting over 72% of his greens in regulation this week, and with the putter heating up will aid him in getting back to his winning ways. He made only five bogies this week, and none on Sunday when the chips were down. His Eagle at the seventh hole in the final round put the pressure squarely back on the leader where he kept it all afternoon.
With the youngster from Norther Ireland getting back in form, and the emergence of Henrik Stenson this year, I can hardly wait for the 2014 season to get underway. The Rory/Tiger battles I was hoping for this past year could very well come true next season. With Phil Mickelson finding new ways to win, and the great crop of new players, it should be a great season.
Source: Golf Australia.org
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