World No. 3 Rory McIlroy is back with a flourishing finale at the Irish Open. The holder of four major titles secured his first win after six win-less months.
He played a match against Scot Russell Knox. Trailing behind the Scot for most of the game, Rory delighted his home fans with his last three shots. His last three Irish Open appearances ended up in failed bids.
Aside from playing, he also had to juggle the responsibilities of being the host for the tournament. However, it seems the 27-year-old has gotten better at handling tournament responsibilities while still competing in the event.
His marvelous win was secured by closing the 250 yards with a superhuman shot that landed two feet from the hole. Playing holes 16 and 18, Rory had to keep himself in check as he approached the 18th hole.
“I don’t usually get emotional winning tournaments, but I had to hold back the tears there on the 18th green. Even I started to choke up a little bit walking off the green,” Rory McIlroy admitted in an ESPN report.
The start was pleasant enough for the Northern Irishman, hitting a birdie at the onset. He was then held back by bogeys at the 6th and 11th holes. He then showed the world why he was World No. 3 by hitting a closing eagle for his dramatic finale.
The match was concluded on a Sunday morning after the dodgy Irish weather proved it hard for the players to continue their match which started Saturday.
From hail storms to heavy rain soaking the greens, the players were grouped into threes instead of twos in order to finish the tournament in time.
Of the win, Rory said to BBC, “To win in front of my home fans and to look up and see my friends and family there is something very special for me.”
World No. 3 Rory McIlroy will play next at the Memorial Tournament.