McIlroy Storms from Behind in Hong Kong

5/12/2011

Rory McIlroy won the Hong Kong Open with a bogey free, five under par - 65 for a two shot victory.

McIlroy admittedly did not have his best game the previous days, "This week there have been glimpses of really, really good golf...On Friday and Saturday, I really did struggle."

Without his A-game, the Northern Irishman was still only three-strokes back beginning the final round.  Through nine holes,  McIlroy, wearing FJ Sport and Pure Touch Limited, would birdie two holes to draw even at the top of the leaderboard.  Continuing his superb play, McIlroy then birdied two more holes on the back nine to take a one shot lead into the final hole.  On the last, McIlroy's approach shot would land in a green-side bunker, only to hole his next shot for a birdie and the two shot victory.

This win was special for McIlroy, "To come from behind, and to draw level after nine holes and then to play very solid golf on the back nine and be able to close it out, it's something I probably haven't done before." Continuing on, "It was a different win - it would be nice to be walking up the last with a four shot lead every time, but that's just not going to happen. It was nice to finish it off like this."

The win puts McIlroy into second place on the European Tour money list behind Luke Donald, who is trying to becoming the first ever player to win both the PGA Tour money title and European Tour money title in the same calendar year.  World number one (Donald) and World number two (McIlroy) will go head to head at the Dubai World Championship later this week to close out the European Tour season.

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