Rory McIlroy (34, Northern Ireland, photo) won the DP World Tour Hero Dubai Desert Classic.
In the final 4th round of the tournament held at Emirates GC (par 72) in Dubai, UAE on the 30th, McIlroy tied 5 birdies and 1 bogey and recorded 4 under par 68 strokes. McIlroy, who recorded a final total of 19 under par 269 strokes, won the championship by beating second place Patrick Reed (33, USA) by one stroke. The winning prize is 1.35 million dollars (approximately 1.65 billion won). 메이저사이트
This is the first time that McIlroy, who recorded his 15th win on the DP World Tour with this victory, has reached the top in the Rolex Series, a major DP World Tour event. McIlroy won the event in 2009 and 2015, but was not placed in the Rolex Series at the time. McIlroy also recorded his first professional win at this event in 2009.
McIlroy, who had been leading the 2nd place group by 3 strokes until the 3rd round the day before, continued his par march without a birdie until the 8th hole (par 4) that day. In the meantime, Reed cut 3 strokes in the first half alone and pursued McIlroy fiercely. McIlroy, the representative runner of the PGA Tour’s residual group, has been fighting a war of nerves with Reed, who plays in the ‘LIV Golf Invitational Series’ (LIV), even before this tournament. During practice, Reid snapped his wooden tee at McIlroy for ignoring his New Year’s greetings. Controversy grew as local media reported that they threw a tee over this, and McIlroy and Reed even had a war of words.
McIlroy, who led the team until the first half of the final round, allowed Reed, who had played in the previous group, to make an eagle putt in the 10th hole (par 5), leading the team in a tie. Afterwards, McIlroy and Reed continued a fierce battle for the lead until the 15th hole (par 3).
While Reed bogeyed on the 16th hole (par 4), McIlroy took the lead again by catching a birdie on the 17th hole (par 4). After Reed finished the last hole with a birdie, McIlroy faced a crisis by dropping his tee shot into the rough next to the pond on the 18th hole (par 5). However, he put the ball on the green after three attempts and confirmed the championship by making a 4m birdie putt.