‘Rising to the top’ from the first appearance of this year… McIlroy, number 1 in the world
Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), the world’s No. 1 in men’s golf, won the first tournament of the new year with a birdie on the last hole.
McIlroy scored 4 strokes with 5 birdies and 1 bogey in the final round of the DP World Tour (European Tour) Hero Dubai Desert Classic (total prize money: $9 million) held at the Emirates GC (par 72) in Dubai, UAE on the 30th. and recorded a total of 19 under par 269 strokes, beating Patrick Reed (18 under par 270 strokes, USA) of LIV Golf, who had been chasing after by reducing 7 strokes that day, by one stroke. It was decisive to put a birdie putt of about 3m in the 18th hole (par 5), which was tied with Reed.
McIlroy won the US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour Playoff Final Tour Championship (September) last year and the CJ Cup (October), the first tournament of the 2022-2023 season, and then reached the top in the first tournament this year, winning prize money of 153 It won $10,000 (approximately 1.87 billion won). McIlroy, who won 23 victories on the PGA Tour, won 15 victories on the European Tour (4 major wins and 7 wins, including the World Golf Championship, overlapping).
The joy was even greater because it was a thrilling victory in a famous match with Reed, who had a conflict with ‘T-gate’ in this competition. McIlroy was offended when he received a court summons from Reed’s lawyer on Christmas Eve last year, and escalated the conflict by ignoring Reed as he approached to greet him on the practice range before the tournament. The fact that Reid turned around and threw a tee in her pocket at Mae Kilroy became known, causing fans to cub with ‘T-Gate’. Also, in the third round of the previous day, after Reed’s tee shot on the 17th hole fell into a tree, the referee checked the ball through a telescope and doubted the authenticity of the ball over the situation in which Reed benefited. Fans laughed at Reed, calling it a ‘Tree Gate’. 안전놀이터
After the second half, it was a great game with four joint-leaders, reversals, and reversals. While McIlroy, who started with a solo lead by 3 strokes, managed to catch the first birdie on the 9th hole (par 4), Reed reduced 3 strokes in the first half, then caught an eagle that almost became an albatross on the 10th hole (par 5) and tied for the lead. soared to
From this point on, the breathtaking game between the two of them, repeating a joint lead and reversal, unfolded in earnest. The competition reached its climax as McIlroy put a birdie putt leading by one stroke on the 17th hole (par 4) and succeeded in reversing the game.
The suffocating match between the two only came to an end on the 18th hole. The leader of the previous group made a birdie on the 18th hole and finished in a tie for the lead, so they had to prepare for an overtime.
In this two-on hole, McIlroy avoided the risk of his tee shot almost falling into the pond, and then made a wise choice to cut it off on the 3rd in the rough, and eventually put a birdie putt of about 3m and roared.
McIlroy said, “Today was a very difficult day mentally.” That worked,” he said.