Mcllory fans must be celebrating in delight lately- the world # 6 golfer has emerged as the esteemed Australian Open champion for 2013 with his dramatic single-shot triumph.
The 24 year old Northern Irishman began final Round 4 behind the mighty Adam Scott, the Aussie who was on lead throughout the week at Sydney. However, Rory carded a nice 66 with eagle at 7th & 4 birdies to win on eighteen under.
World # 2 Scott bogeyed 18th for 71 & finished on seventeen under, 6 clear of Aussie mate John Senden. Interestingly, Adam broke course record on the inaugural day of the championship with a sixty-two & was aiming to be the sole second man to contend for the Aussie triple crown (after Robert Allenby), having won Australian PGA & Australian Masters championships last month.
However, the final day of the championship displayed a tough intriguing tussle on par-72 Championship field and it was none other than the 24 year old Irish golfer who took away the title. It was his 1st event since Dubai World Tour Championship in 2012 November.
Scott 3-putted the 1st green & his 4-stroke advantage was eroded off by 8th post a great start by US PGA 2012 & US Open 2011 champion Rory, who came up with some truly sparkling play.
The World # 2, who achieved the title for 2009 season, reached up to the turn a shot ahead as he converted 6-footer for a birdie & Rory’s putt stayed narrowly out.
The last couple of rounds of the championship was something akin to matchplay between the 2 biggies on the show & holes 10 -12 were kind of parred by these players.
“I wanted a win & finally have achieved the one”, remarked a happy Mcllory. “The most significant bit is that I was able to top over one of the best golfers of the world.