McIlroy wins Dubai World Championship
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Since: Oct 12
#1 Nov 26, 2012
The top-ranked Northern Irishman recovered from some early putting woes to total of 23-under 265 at the season-ending tournament to beat Justin Rose of England, who shot a course-record 62 that included an eagle and eight birdies.
"I just wanted to finish the season the way I thought I deserved to finish the season,"McIlroy said after his second European title this year and fifth overall. "You know, I played so well throughout the year and I didn't want to just let it tail off, sort of, timidly. I wanted to come here and finish in style with my fabulous discount golf clubs."
Second-ranked Luke Donald (71) was joint third with 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa (68) at 270. Compatriot Louis Oosthuizen (69), the 2010 British Open winner, was a further shot back in fifth place.
The day was supposed to be a duel between McIlroy and Donald, who were joint leaders after the third round. It never happened.
The Englishman took an early two-shot lead when McIlroy bogeyed No. 1 and Donald birdied the following hole with his scotty cameron putter.
Donald then had another bogey on No. 12 to fall three back and never challenged after that, missing the green on No. 17 to put an end to his title bid.
"All runs come to an end," Donald said. "But again, I struggled to get any momentum today. I felt a little flat and unfortunately I couldn't get anything going. And you know, Justin put on quite a show in front us and nudged Rory enough to get him going."
Rose started the day joint seventh and just kept moving up the leader board.
"It was a lot of fun, absolutely," Rose said. "The front nine was just as good as the back nine and the back nine putts started going in which is a nice feeling. I knew I was playing my way into the tournament, more than into his tournament but into the lead."
Rose pulled within one of McIlroy with a birdie on 13 and then moved ahead with an eagle on No. 14 after his approach shot rolled to within 10 feet. He sank the putt to lead for the first time in the tournament and doubled his advantage when McIlroy three-putted on No. 13. Rose had another birdie on 15 before his 60-foot eagle putt on 18 slowly rolled over a hump and came within inches of the cup - setting off a gasp from the gallery.
Schwartzel and Oosthuizen had a chance to catch Rose but their putters let them down in the final holes - with Oostuizen bogeying 17 and Schwartzel missing an easy birdie chance on 17 with the best golf clubs for sale online. McIlroy, in contrast, was just getting going.
"I was one behind Justin playing 14 and 3-putting there. I was behind with five holes to play and I thought, you know, while he's 20-under, I'm 18. I've got three good birdie chances," McIlroy said.
McIlroy just missed an eagle on 14 after a good up-and-down and settled for birdie. After a great drive on No. 16, he hit a pitching wedge 150 yards to within 20 feet of the pin and sunk the birdie.
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