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Rory McIlroy wins his first ever Scottish Open with clutch back-to-back birdies


Jul 16, 2023
Rory McIlroy wins his first ever Scottish Open with clutch back-to-back birdies


Rory McIlroy won his first Scottish Open title in style with birdies on the final two holes at the Renaissance Club.

The golfing legend held a one-shot lead overnight ahead of the final day in North Berwick.

McIlroy has claimed another title


McIlroy has claimed another titleCredit: Getty

Home favourite Robert MacIntyre was on hand to claim a two-shot lead as play resumed on Sunday.

However, McIlroy showed his true class to claim the title by sinking birdies on both the 17th and 18th holes.

Such a finish will put him in good stead ahead of the start of The Open Championship, which begins next Sunday.

McIlroy finished 15 under par, therefore nipping MacIntyre at the death as he sat on 14 under the par despite a strong finish.

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Speaking on his birdies, he said: “This is right up there with the best of them, especially after missing the short birdie putt on 16.

“I thought if I could birdie one of the last two and get into a play-off that would be a bonus. To finish two, three in these conditions, you know the two iron shots that I hit, the 5-iron on the 17 and the 2-iron into the last, are probably two of the best shots I’ve hit all year.

“Then to finish them off with the putts as well, yeah 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.”

McIlroy is the first player ever to win the Scottish Open, the Open Championship and the Irish Open, but he unaware of such a feat.

“I didn’t know that,” he added. “That’s really cool, especially a player coming from this part of the world where those three tournaments mean a lot to us.

“It’s another national Open, I’ve sort of been big on national Opens over the years and I’m racking up a few of them so that’s a pretty cool accolade to have.”

McIlroy’s victory in Scotland is the 24th PGA Tour win of his career thus far, putting him level with Gary Player and Dustin Johnson in 26th for all-time wins on the tour.

He has also risen to world number 2 in the Official World Golf Rankings ahead of the Open Championship on Merseyside.

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