Rory lands Irish Open title

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Rory lands Irish Open title
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy tees off at the 14th hole at the Irish Open.

Straffan - McIlroy eagled the final hole to clinch his first victory of the season

By AP

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Published: Mon 23 May 2016, 12:14 AM

Last updated: Mon 23 May 2016, 12:49 AM

Rory McIlroy eagled the final hole to clinch his first victory of the season Sunday at the Irish Open, his home tournament where he's famously struggled over the years.
McIlroy's three-shot triumph over Scotland's Russell Knox and Bradley Dredge of Wales wasn't smooth sailing. But the Northern Ireland native prevailed with a 3-under 69, thanks to superior driving power that allowed him to birdie the K Club's first three par-5 holes - then demolish the competition with his final powerful approach shot.
His 253-metre second strike on the 18th landed within three feet of the pin to the deafening cheers of tens of thousands who had braved downpours and hail showers to witness the moment. McIlroy grinned and brushed away a tear or two as he approached the green.
When McIlroy calmly converted his only eagle of the tournament, he stood still and silent for a second. Then he pumped both fists in elation.
"To finish like that today, I'll never forget it," McIlroy said after receiving the crystal winner's trophy beside Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.



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