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Golf Australia Express : Issue 26
RORY MCILROY’S two- shot win at The Honda Classic was the stuff of the best. Officially. Taking over the world No.1 ranking with his final round 1-under 69, the 22-year-old became the second youngest player in history to take over the top spot. And it seemed fitting that the man who nearly stopped him was none other than a fast-finishing Tiger Woods at PGA National Champion Course. The former, former, former world No.1 rode a sizzling hot putter on Sunday, finishing birdie-eagle to post 10-under for the tournament. While Tiger’s trademark move has been the undoing of many over the years, not even his lowest final round score of 62 could unnerve a focused McIlroy. It was the manner in which the Ulsterman closed out the victory—his third PGA title—that was so impressive to those watching. With the deafening noise from the crowd after Woods’ eagle still ringing in his ears—and holding just a one-shot lead— McIlroy responded by draining a birdie at the 13th and making three clutch par saves during the daunting Bear Trap stretch on the way home. “It was tough today, especially seeing Tiger make a charge,” McIlroy said. “I knew par golf would probably be good enough. To shoot 1-under in these conditions, when you go into the round with the lead, is very nice. And I was just able to get the job done.” McIlroy moved to 4th in the FedEx Cup standings and collected more than $1 million. OTG A ROARING CLASSIC The Honda Classic PGA National, Florida, USA “ It was tough... seeing Tiger make a charge” WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE PGA TOUR... WRAP THE FINAL STANDINGS 1 RORY MCILROY NIR -12 $ 1,026,000 T2 TIGER WOODS USA -10 $ 501,600 T2 TOM GILLIS USA -10 $ 501,600 4 LEE WESTWOOD ENG -8 $ 273,600 T5 CHARL SCHWARTZEL RSA -7 $ 216,600 T5 JUSTIN ROSE ENG -7 $ 216,600 T7 RICKIE FOWLER USA -6 $ 183,825 T7 DICKY PRIDE USA -6 $ 183,825 T9 CHRIS SHROUD USA -5 $ 153,900 T9 KEVIN STADLER USA -5 $ 153,900 T9 GRAEME MCDOWELL NIR -5 $ 153,900