Rory McIlroy emerged victorious at the Scottish Open in North Berwick, Scotland, after birdieing the last two holes in challenging weather conditions. McIlroy’s final round of 2-under-par 66 marked his fourth consecutive round in the 60s at the tournament, which served as a valuable warm-up for the upcoming Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in England. The Northern Irishman’s mixed bag of six birdies and four bogeys concluded with crucial birdies at the par-3 17th and par-4 18th, securing a one-stroke victory with a final score of 15-under 265.
Robert MacIntyre, hailing from Scotland, put up a strong fight on Sunday, carding a 64 to reach a total of 14-under and briefly taking the lead at The Renaissance Club after a closing birdie. However, McIlroy’s impressive performance ultimately sealed the win. McIlroy executed a remarkable 2-iron shot into the wind, landing within 10 feet of the hole on the 18th. Following this impactful shot, he confidently sank a 4-foot birdie putt to secure the victory. Reflecting on his exceptional shot, McIlroy expressed his satisfaction, deeming it the finest shot he had executed all year. He asserted that hitting a shot of such caliber made him feel deserving of holing the putt to conclude the tournament.
The 34-year-old McIlroy, with this triumph, clinched his 24th PGA Tour title, his first since the Dubai Classic in January. Impressively, he played the back nine in 31 strokes, finishing the tournament on a high note. Delighted with his performance, McIlroy shared his proud sentiments, highlighting his ability to persevere and deliver incredible shots down the stretch. He further expressed hope that this victory would serve as a turning point for him, especially with the Open Championship, where he attained his only previous victory, on the horizon.
This win also marked McIlroy’s first triumph on Scottish soil, adding another accolade to his illustrious career. As a four-time major winner, McIlroy now heads into the Open Championship with renewed momentum as he aims to replicate his success at Royal Liverpool in 2014.
Meanwhile, Scottish golfer Robert MacIntyre, vying for his first national open victory, demonstrated exceptional resilience in battling the intense 40-mph winds on Sunday. MacIntyre’s round featured five birdies, one eagle, and one bogey. In a feat of skill, he struck a fairway wood from the fescue for a distance of 213 yards on the 18th hole, positioning himself just a few feet away from the hole for his crucial go-ahead birdie putt. While narrowly missing out on victory this time, the 26-year-old Scottish golfer expressed his determination and optimism, acknowledging that he has many years ahead to achieve this dream.
Other notable performances included Sweden’s David Lingmerth, South Korea’s Byeong Hun An, and Scottie Scheffler from the United States, who all tied for third place at 10-under. Scheffler’s impressive finish marked his seventh consecutive top-five placement, and his official money total of $19.02 million set a new record for the highest single-season earnings in PGA Tour history.
Overall, the Scottish Open provided a thrilling conclusion as McIlroy triumphed in adverse weather conditions, showcasing his prowess and setting the stage for an exciting contest at the upcoming Open Championship.