McIlroy stuns Australia, Scott late with 2-shot swing to win Emirates Australian Open

Final Round –Emirates Australian Open – Royal Sydney Golf Club – Sydney, Australia –

A two-shot swing at the 72nd hole dashed Adam Scott’s shot at the Australian Triple Crown and landed the Emirates Australian Open title to former World No. 1 Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy carded a 6-under-66 highlighted by an eagle-3 at the par 5 7th hole and a birdie at the final hole at Royal Sydney Golf Club. He finished 18-under to collect his first win in more than a calendar year.

Rory, a 6-to-1 pick to start the week at, was bogey-free in the final round, while Scott struggled especially with his putter. Scott (71) needed 35 putts – quite a stretch from his 24-putt 62 on Thursday in the opening round.

John Senden rallied with a 66 to finish third alone. Jason Day, last week’s champion in Australia, was T-6.

McIlroy, who entered the week No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking, was trending heading into this tournament including a T-8 at the PGA Championship, T-6 at the WGC-HSBC Champions and T-5 at the DP World Tour Championship.

He scattered five bogeys and one double throughout the week.

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