2011

HK Golfer - - Honma Hong Kong Open | The Top Champions -

Af­ter open­ing with a su­perb 64 in blus­tery con­di­tions, Rory McIl­roy fell three shots be­hind Al­varo Quiros, the long-hit­ting Spa­niard. While Quiros strug­gled early on Sun­day to fall out of con­tention, McIl­roy was mag­nif­i­cent. Fend­ing off the twin chal­lenges of Swe­den’s Peter Han­son and play­ing part­ner Gré­gory Havret of France, the 22-year-old reached the 18th hole with a slen­der one-shot lead. McIl­roy tugged his drive ever so slightly but it man­aged to defy sci­ence and in­stead of bound­ing out-of­bounds, kicked right and into a good lie in the rough some 95 yards from the flag.

Not that the tour­na­ment was over. McIl­roy’s shot found the treach­er­ous green­side bunker. With Havret strug­gling to save par af­ter find­ing trou­ble off the tee, the world num­ber two knew that an up-and-down would clinch the ti­tle he so craved. Splash­ing del­i­cately from some dis­tance be­low the level of the green, the shot landed softly and trun­dled un­err­ingly – bril­liantly – into the bot­tom of the cup to com­plete a mar­vel­lous 65 and a two-shot vic­tory. McIl­roy pumped his fist and let out wild screams of joy.

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