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Rory McIlroy Sinks Massive Putt On 18th To Top Patrick Reed In Desert Duel

Rory McIlroy Sinks Massive Putt On 18th To Top Patrick Reed In Desert Duel
Donny Mahoney
By Donny Mahoney
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Rory McIlroy emerged victorious from an enthralling duel with famous foe Patrick Reed thanks to a putt of genuine testicular fortitude as he won the Dubai Desert Classic today.

McIlroy birdied the final two holes to finish with a 68 and sank a massive 15-foot putt to birdie the last and finish on 19 under par for the rain-delayed tournament.

It was an unexpectedly tense season opener for McIlroy but the drama with Patrick Reed ensured that there was huge tension on the final round. To borrow pro wrestling parlance, it was a shootout between golf's leading face and heel.

Reed himself, on the back of Sunday's tree drama, was in scintillating form today, shooting 65.


His birdie on 18 put real pressure on the World #1 as McIlroy took on the par 5 last hole, which has caused him complete havoc in the past. McIlroy lost this tournament last year on the 18th and was in the water twice on the hole in round 2 this year.

He was lucky to avoid the drink again with his tee shot today. It literally landed on the boundary line, three feet from the water.


McIlroy would admit that he got lucky not to put his drive in the water, and opted to lay up.


He then left himself a challenging 15-footer to win and that he did.  The birdie meant we were spared the McIlroy-Reed playoff which would have been guaranteed fireworks given the tension between the two players which bubbled up ahead of the first round.

"It's probably sweeter than it should be or needs to be," McIlroy said after the round.

"Mentally, today was one of the toughest rounds I've had to play. It would be really easy to let your emotions get in the way. I just had to really concentrate on focusing on myself and forget about who was on the leaderboard," He told Sky Sports.


Rory McIlroy Prize Winnings After Dubai Win

For winning the tournament, McIlroy earned a tidy payday of $1.53 million. Reed earned $990,000 for his second place finish.

As we dig in for another year of tension between the LIV and PGA tour, this was an emphatic victory for the old guard.

SEE ALSO: Rory McIlroy Reveals A Rocky Period In his Relationship With Shane Lowry




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