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Rory McIlroy wins Australian Open in style

December 1, 2013 • Sport,

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Rory McIlroy won the Australian Open at Royal Sydney in dramatic fashion on Sunday.

The 24-year-old started the day four shots behind Aussie Adam Scott.

Playing mistake-free, consistent golf, McIlroy pegged back the lead over the first eight holes, drawing level with the popular Scott.

But the current US Masters Champion drew ahead again by one and, on the 17th, had an eight foot putt to go two shots clear.

He missed and on the final hole, Scott finally cracked, overshooting the green with his approach.

McIlroy saw his opportunity and hit his second shot to 12 feet.

Scott finished with a bogey five, opening the door for the Irishman and, in front of the huge gallery of spectators, McIlroy did not squander his chance.

It was McIlroy’s first tournament win in 2013.

Speaking afterwards, McIlroy said that he was relieved to have returned to the winner circle but played down what some have described as a crisis in his career.

“[2013 has been] frustrating because you know the level of golf that you can play and you’re just not able to play to that level. You’re working hard and you’re trying to find the reasons why and you think you’ve found it and then you haven’t.  Then you try something else.  It’s frustrating but I never lost belief, I never lost any of that.

“Golf’s a long career and I’m 24 years old.  I get a little impatient at times and if I actually just took a step back and looked at the bigger picture, it hasn’t been too bad a year.  It’s obviously been made a lot before today with the win.

“You know you have to go through the lows and I’m not saying it was a low this year, it’s not like I plummeted off the face of the earth. I’m still sixth in the world so it’s not too bad.  It’s not the level that I feel like I can play to but I feel I’m getting back there, so it’s very pleasing.”

 

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