Adam Scott scrambled in the final round of the Australian Open, at Royal Sydney Golf Club, then at the death succumbed to a last hole birdie from Rory McIlroy, as he bogeyed the hole.
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Rory shot a bogey free last round -6 under par 66, for his winning total of -18 under par at the Australian Open, his first victory of the year. The boy is back, with an unlikely one shot win here. Rory started the day four shots adrift, but as Adam continually failed to convert his birdie chances, Rory began to chip away at the lead, including an Eagle at the par five 7th hole.
Rory reported he always thought he had a chance;
” I stayed patient, I knew anything could happen.I always believed I could win, he had a couple of chances but was unlucky. The support this week was phenomenal, the atmosphere was fantastic. Since the end of September I’ve just felt in a better place, a better place mentally with some things off the course. Golf’s a long career and I’m 24 years old. I get a little impatient at times and if I actually just took a step back and looked at the bigger picture, it hasn’t been too bad a year. I feel a bit sorry that I was the one that ruined the triple crown for him but I’m very happy.”
Adam has had a great year, which included victory at the US Masters and back-to-back wins at the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola and the Talisker Masters in November. He needed this tile to win the triple crown, sadly for him it did not happen Leading by one shot on the final hole, his approach shot went through the green, his chip shot back was not the best and he failed to sink his par putt. Rory then sank his birdie putt, and it was all over;
“I’m gutted. I felt like I never had a better chance to win the Aussie Open but it was tight the whole back nine. Nothing was going my way on the greens today. I could have put this thing away I think early on if the putter was behaving how it should have, like it did the rest of the week but I just misjudged into the last and a player as good as Rory is going to take that opportunity.”
Adam still secured the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit title, his second since turning Professional in 2000.
John Senden was in third place at -11 under par, a long way from the leaders, that is how good Adam and Rory played.