Sunday, February 01, 2009

Rory Breaks His Duck

After two near misses recently it was nice to finally see Rory McIlroy lift his first major trophy since turning pro only two years ago, at the same time becoming the youngest winner - at just 19 - of the Dubai Desert Classic.

He kept us on the edge of our seats though! After playing some outstanding golf and leading for the first three days he seemed on the verge of running away with it as he sunk five straight birdies on the back 9 on the final day to garner a 6 shot lead over Justin rose with only four holes remaining. Rose ploughed on regardless and McIlroy's nerves started to get the better of him as he dropped three shots on the next three holes.

McIlroy and rose went to the 18th with just a stroke separating them, and with Rose on the green and McIlroy in the bunker things were looking bleak. You could hear the chomping of fingernails from the crowd as Rose two-putted and McIlroy made what he described as "one of the best up-and-downs of my career" to win the tournament by a single stroke.

Nail-biting stuff that kept me on the edge of me seat this afternoon, and a great antidote to the terrible wet weather which persists (yes, it's persisting it down right now in fact!) in making it impossible to play golf ourselves.

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