Rory McIlroy gets his first win of 2013 at Royal Sydney
Sydney, Australia - Adam Scott was at the end of a month long victory tour and celebration down
under, and after winning both the Australian Masters & PGA, he was on track for the "Aussie Triple"
at the Emirates Australian Open, leading by four entering the final round, victory seemed to be a mere
formality for world #2, but Rory McIlroy who was paired with the Masters Champion for both weekend
rounds, had plans of his own.
McIlroy's front nine 32, which included a birdie on the 5th, an eagle at the par 5 seventh, and another
birdie on the eighth pulled the Ulsterman within one of the hometown hero. After both players matched
each other on holes 10 thru 16 (Adam Scott's birdie putt on the 16th lipped out), Scott still held a one
On the par 3 seventeenth, Scott hit it just inside 10 feet, McIlroy missed the green slightly left and had
a long lag putt from the fringe to salvage his par. He left his first putt 10 feet short, and grinded out the
saving putt to secure his 3. Adam Scott just missed his birdie on the low side . . . taking his narrow one
shot lead to the last. On 18, both players hit the fairway with irons, Scott's approach landed on the
back portion of the green and rolled off down a swale, leaving a brutal up and down attempt.
McIlroy hit his approach to 15 feet, setting up a putt to tie or win. Adam Scott's pitch from behind the
green carried too far leaving 50 feet for his par . . . he then lagged to a foot and tapped in for bogey.
McIlroy needed just two putts to take Scott to a playoff, and one for the win. He calmly stepped up and
poured in the putt for his first world wide victory of 2013, and in the process shocking the hometown
crowd. Adam Scott's closing 71 was good enough for a 17 under par total, a disappointing finish at the
end of an amazing run. For McIlroy, his final round 66 (-18 total) signals a return to winning ways and a
renewed confidence leading into the 2014 season.
"I knew his chip was tricky,'' said McIlroy. "I thought worst case scenario I'd have a putt for a playoff
and all of a sudden I have a putt for the win, and I didn't want to go extra holes. All I focused on was
my routine. I didn't think about whether it was a putt to win or to get the first win this year. I hit it inside
right and I hit it like I'd hit a putt on the putting green any other day. Thankfully it went in." McIlroy
continued, "Since the end of September I just felt in a better place,'' he said. "A better place mentally
with some things off the course, I definitely felt better with how my swing was, I just felt everything was
coming together the way I wanted it to. It's been a frustrating year but I've worked hard. It's been a
process, trying to get back to winning golf tournaments again. It was nice to be able to do it today.''
2006 Champion, John Senden was third at -11