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Rory McIlroy wins Australian Open

December 1, 2013

Rory McIlroy buried his 2013 title drought in the most dramatic fashion at the Australian Open on Sunday and said he thought a largely frustrating season might just make him a more complete player.

The Northern Irishman had a brilliant 2012 but a change of equipment and some off-course legal distractions coincided with a slump in form that saw him slide from number one in the world down to number six.

On Sunday, though, the 24-year-old re-entered the winners' circle when he birdied the 18th hole to snatch the title away from U.S. Masters champion and home favourite Adam Scott with the final stroke of the tournament.

"I think I'm more experienced, more patient," he said when asked what he had learnt this year.

"Not getting as down on myself or not being as hard on myself because golf is a long career and you can't have too many highs and lows in terms of emotions.

"You've just got to try and keep it on an even keel and I feel like I've done a better job of that this year as the months have gone past.

"You know you have to go through the lows," he added. "And I'm not saying it was a low this year, it's not like I plummeted off the face of the earth.

"I'm still sixth in the world so it's not too bad. It's not the level that I feel like I can play to but I feel I'm getting back there, so it's very pleasing."

McIlroy admitted to a little guilt at the manner of his victory, which came when Scott bogeyed the last to give up a one-shot lead in a tournament he had dominated.

Presented with his chance, though, McIlroy showed the nerves of a two-time major champion to drain a 10-foot putt and join the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as winners of the Stonehaven Cup.

"I thought worst case scenario I'd have a putt for a play off and then all of a sudden I have a putt for the win. I didn't want to go extra holes," he said.

"All I focused on in the putt was my routine. I didn't do anything differently. I didn't think about whether it was to win the Australian Open or whether it was to get the first win this year."

After missing out on the U.S. PGA Tour playoffs, McIlroy arrived in Asia and said he immediately felt his game was improving.

He plays one more tournament at Tiger Woods's World Challenge next week before embarking on his preparations for the 2014 season.

"I always said I just wanted to build some momentum for next year and I felt like I was doing that," he said.

"The perfect scenario would have been a win before the end of the season and thankfully I was able to do that.

"I've still got one more tournament left to try and get that second win on the board.

"That was the only thing that was missing from this little stretch.

"I feel like I played well but just hadn't quite gotten across the finish line and doing that today was very satisfying but doing it going up against one of the best players in the world right now is probably even better."

270 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 69 65 70 66

271 Adam Scott 62 70 68 71

277 John Senden 73 68 70 66

279 Rhein Gibson 71 70 69 69, Bryden Macpherson 71 70 69 69

280 Mark Brown (Nzl) 75 70 66 69, Matthew Jones 68 68 72 72, Jason Day 70 74 66 70

281 Nathan Holman 69 72 68 72

282 Max Mccardle 68 71 69 74, Adam Bland 69 72 70 71, Leigh Mckechnie 73 65 71 73, Ashley Hall 71 71 68 72

283 David McKenzie 66 75 71 71, Brady Watt 68 70 73 72, Alistair Presnell 67 71 74 71, Nick O'Hern 70 72 70 71, James Nitties 70 71 74 68, Stuart Appleby 75 67 67 74

284 Rodney Pampling 75 68 69 72, Mahal Pearce (Nzl) 72 71 71 70, Richard Green 69 66 73 76, Jamie Arnold 72 68 74 70

285 Ryan Ruffels 77 67 68 73, Matthew Griffin 73 72 70 70, Adam Crawford 71 73 72 69

286 Aaron Baddeley 67 74 72 73, Mathew Goggin 70 73 75 68, Michael Long (Nzl) 72 71 72 71, Scott Arnold 70 70 69 77, Geoff Ogilvy 75 66 72 73, Kalem Richardson 69 74 71 72, Steven Bowditch 68 74 74 70, Cameron Percy 71 70 75 70, Tim Wilkinson (Nzl) 73 71 71 71

287 Jason Norris 67 76 74 70, Robert Allenby 72 73 70 72, Peter Lonard 72 71 73 71

288 Leigh Deagan 71 73 73 71, Shih-Chang Chan (Tpe) 76 68 74 70, Matthew Millar 70 73 75 70, Aron Price 70 69 77 72, Ryan Yip (Can) 65 75 74 74, Stephen Allan 75 70 73 70

289 Jason Scrivener 67 74 74 74, Anthony Murdaca 71 74 66 78, Scott Strange 71 73 73 72, Ryan Lynch 73 72 73 71, Michael Choi 70 75 70 74, John young Kim (USA) 65 79 72 73

290 Timothy Wood 73 70 73 74, Lucas Lee (USA) 70 75 79 66, Tom Bond 69 73 70 78

291 Josh Younger 69 69 79 74, Ryan Haller 74 69 76 72

292 Ming-hao Wang (Chn) 75 70 76 71, Anthony Summers 74 70 76 72, Anthony Brown 68 74 78 72

293 Steven Jones 68 77 73 75

294 Marcus Cain 71 73 77 73

295 Paul Spargo 74 71 78 72, Steven Jeffress 75 69 75 76

296 Matthew Guyatt 71 74 75 76

297 Joon woo Choi (Kor) 72 72 74 79






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