2022 Masters: Rory McIlroy Produces Historic Round At Augusta

Rory McIlroy, Masters, 2022 Masters(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy, Masters, 2022 Masters(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Sunday at the 2022 Masters was historic for Rory McIlroy, but not in the way that you might expect.

Rory McIlroy came into Sunday at the Masters knowing he needed to produce a near miracle to have any chance of putting himself in a position to win at Augusta and complete the career grand slam.

It was a big ask for Rory, but it was one that he so nearly pulled off. McIlroy won’t be putting on the green jacket this evening, that likely belongs to Scottie Scheffler as he takes a comfortable lead into his final few holes. What Rory did accomplish however was his career-best round at the Masters, after he fired off a sizzling 64, eight under par round.

Rory was at his very best on Sunday and showed the incredible things he is truly capable of after he not only produced a bogey-free round but also recorded an incredible six birdies and an eagle on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy really sent the crowd into a frenzy on the Par 4, 7th

Having begun his final round with two birdies he really started to heat up when he came to the Par 4, 7th. Rory narrowly missed the fairway with his tee shot, he then proceeded to bounce his second up the fairway and over the back of the green, the approach shot only narrowly missed the greenside bunker before taking a kick that sent it over the back.

He was left with an incredibly challenging put from the fringe at the back of the green, saving Par would have been a great result, but what happened next was astonishing. Rory McIlroy lightly struck the putt and sent it on its way, it curled ever slightly and started making its way towards the hole.

It was at this point and time that the patrons began to rise to their feet, the putt rolled straight center into the cup, and the crowd erupted.  It was at this point and time that you felt like something special could be in the works for Rory McIlroy on Sunday.

Rory went on to birdie the Par 5, 8th, and the Par 4,10th. He saved his Par on the 11th as he began to work his way around the iconic ‘Amen Corner’. He then made his way to the Par 5, 13th hole after having successfully navigated his way around the Par 3, 12th as well.

Rory McIlroy crushed his tee shot some 300 yards down the fairway, setting himself up to take on the Par 5 with his second shot. The second was sweetly struck and it also safely found the green before inching its way down the slope and towards the hole. McIlroy was left with an eagle look that he soon converted.

The eagle conversion put him at seven-under-par for his round and he was on pace to break his personal course record around Augusta National, all he had to do was make par or better on his remaining holes.

Rory McIlroy was unable to add any more birdies to his card, but he also maintained his perfect round as walked to the 18th hole.

Rory McIlroy executed a moment of exceptional brilliance on the 18th

With his Masters challenge for this year seemingly over he made his way towards the 18th with his perfect round still intact. His tee shot on the closing hole was a bit loose and his ball found the fairway bunker up the left side, leaving him with a difficult second into the Par 4 green.

Rory then proceeded to send his approach shot into the right greenside bunker, leaving himself with a challenging up and down to save his Par. The Northern Irishman wasn’t done producing the remarkable, however, and he finished his round with a flourish. He sweetly-struck his third from the bunker and landed it well up the sloping green, the ball then proceeded to roll back down the slope curving towards the hole before finding the cup.

It was a moment of class and pure imagination from the four-time Major champion. Both the crowd and Rory himself went nuts as he put a bow on what was a sensational round of golf.

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The brilliance of Rory McIlroy was on full display on Sunday at the Masters, and even though he won’t be wearing the green jacket in 2022, he once again proved what a force he can be when at his very best. Sunday at the 2022 Masters will be one that he never forgets as he produced a remarkable and historic round of golf.