DP World Tour
Jul 18th, 2023
Rory Wins Scottish Open with Final Putt
Birdie - bridie finish seals victory for McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy wins the Genesis Scottish Open by one stroke over scotsman Robert MacIntyre, earning his 24th PGA Tour title and second of the season and now ties Dustin Johnson and Gary Player for 26th on the all-time PGA Tour wins list
Rory McIlroy produced a brilliant birdie-birdie finish to break home hearts and seal his second consecutive Rolex Series title at the Genesis Scottish Open.
McIlroy birdied four of his last eight holes windy conditions to post a two-under 68 and claim a one-shot victory over home favourite Robert MacIntyre, despite being +4 after 10 holes on the final day.
"To play that back nine in four under par to win the tournament, really proud of how I just stuck in there," McIlroy said. "Hit some amazing shots down the stretch and was able to finish it off with a really nice putt there.
"It feels incredible. It's been a sort of long six months I feel since I won in Dubai. I've given myself tons of chances, and hopefully this win sort of breaks the seal for me, especially going into next week as well."
"I thought if I can birdie one of the last two and get into a play-off, that would be a bonus," McIlroy added. "To finish two, three in these conditions, the five-iron into 17 and the two-iron into the last are probably two of the best shots I've hit all year, and then to finish them off with the putts.
"It feels absolutely amazing. I've had a few close calls recently so to get over the line and get this bit of confidence going into next week and the rest of the season is huge."
Second placed Robert McIntyre earned the best finish by a Scottish player on the PGA Tour since Martin Laird won the 2020 Shriners Children’s Open, though couldn't become the first Scotsman to win since 1999, with Colin Montgomerie still holding the accolade.