It didn’t look good for Rory McIlroy, not with the wind howling on the Renaissance Club and Scotland’s favourite son, Robert MacIntyre, placing collectively one of many all-time nice ultimate rounds.
But trailing by a shot with two holes to play, McIlroy hit large iron pictures to arrange birdies at each ending holes to edge MacIntyre by a stroke in a dramatic and thrilling end to the Scottish Open.
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McIlroy, who has had his share of final-day disappointments this yr together with final month on the U.S. Open, performed the again 9 in 4 below par to shoot 68 and win for the primary time since January on the Dubai Desert Classic.
“Really proud,” McIlroy stated. “That was such a tough day. So tough. Especially the back nine. I bogeyed my last two holes on the front nine to go to 2 over (for the day). To play that back nine in 4 under par to win the tournament … yeah, really proud.
“I caught in there and hit some wonderful pictures down the stretch. It feels unbelievable. It’s been an extended six months since I gained in Dubai. I hope this win breaks the seal for me.”
The timing would be good. This week is the British Open at Royal Liverpool, where McIlroy won the Open in 2014.
In the process, McIlroy overcame the local favorite MacIntyre—known as “Robert Lefty”—who shot a final-round 64 that included his own incredible birdie at the 18th.
Having missed the fairway well to the left, MacIntyre needed a 3-wood to reach the green and curved the ball onto the surface to 4 feet. He was in the clubhouse with a one-shot advantage over McIlroy.
“He had in all probability among the finest rounds I’ve ever witnessed,” said David Lingmerth, who played with MacIntyre. “It was fairly spectacular.”
It just wasn’t enough.
McIlroy captured his first title in Scotland by hitting a close approach from 190 yards at the par-3 17th to tie MacIntyre. Then playing into the wind at the 444-yard par-4 18th, McIlroy’s drive came to rest in a shallow divot. He had 202 left, the perfect distance for a 3-iron—which he didn’t have in his bag.
McIlroy had taken it out in favor of a 2-iron, the club he chose to hit. With a low, piercing shot, McIlroy hit the ball up onto the green, seeing it come to rest 10 feet behind the hole. MacIntyre could only hear the cheering on the 18th green as he practiced for a possible playoff.
“Probably the perfect shot I hit all yr,” McIlroy said. “Exactly the way in which I needed to play it. And while you hit a shot like that, you in all probability should make the putt.”
McIlroy gained for the primary time on the PGA Tour in 2023 and second time this season. It was additionally his second DP World Tour win. The victory offers him 16 on the DP World Tour and 24 on the PGA Tour, which ties him with Gary Player and Dustin Johnson.