Monday, December 1

McIlroy Impressed By Spieth's Aussie Adventure

By Brian Keogh

Brian Keogh is a golf correspondent for The Irish Sun and a contributor to The Irish Times, Golf Digest Ireland and other golf publications. The following excerpt from Brian’s Irish Golf Desk is used with permission.


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RORY MCILROY ENDED THE MOST MEMORABLE season of his young career on a muted note when he closed with a one over 72 to finish 15 shots behind a sensational Jordan Spieth in the Emirates Australian Open. Six shots off the lead overnight after a triple-double horror run at the ninth and 10th in a third round 76, McIlroy had to settle for a cheque for $13,867 as he tied for 15th on two over par.

Spieth produced one of the greatest final round performances in the history of the event, carding an eight under par 63—the lowest round of the day by four shots—to win by six shots from Rod Pampling on 13 under par.

"That was definitely the best round I’ve ever played," Spieth said on a day that saw Pampling, Brett Rumford and Greg Chalmers qualify for next July's Open Championship at St Andrews.

"At the start I didn’t think such a round was out there, but the putts kept going in. It was an awesome experience."

Even McIlroy expressed his admiration, tweeting: "You could give me another 100 rounds today at The Australian and I wouldn't sniff 63.... Well done @JordanSpieth."

McIlroy can reflect on an incredible season that brought him his third and fourth majors wins in The Open and the US PGA as well as victories in the BMW PGA at Wentworth, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and another five runner-up finishes.

Brian Keogh covers golf for The Irish Sun and contributes to a variety of golf publications. Pay him a visit at Irish Golf Desk.

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