Rory McIlroy wins Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
Rory McIlroy bested unpredictable weather conditions and a fiercely competitive field to claim a vital first victory of the season at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by The Rory Foundation.
The passionate Irish fans cheered their hero through the day and swelled to a crescendo of noise at the famous K Club in County Kildare as he secured a famous win on the final three holes.
Standing with a one-shot deficit at the par-five 16th hole, he fired a wonderful shot using his here. Nike Vapor Speed metal from 271 yards to the green, walking off with a two-putt birdie. A par four followed before a precise 253-yard approach to the par-five 18 nestled two feet from the cup. McIlroy holed out for eagle to win the tournament by three strokes and sent the watching fans home happy.
“I don’t know if I can put it into words," McIlroy said after the event. "As you’ve seen over the years, I don’t really get emotional when I win but I was trying to hold back the tears there on the 18th green. I looked up, saw all my friends and family, and to win in front of them — I don’t get a chance to play in front of my home fans very often — so to play like that and to finish like that… I’ll never forget it.”
The Northern Irishman was outfitted head to toe in Nike Golf apparel footwear and equipment. His work off the tee with the Nike Vapor Fly Pro driver was impressive all week, averaging 293 yards in distance. He also finished top in greens in regulation.
McIlroy used his reliable RZN Tour Platinum golf ball as he tackled the wind and the rain.
The tournament was hosted by The Rory Foundation, a non-profit charitable trust that seeks to advance opportunity and lasting change for children suffering from ill health, who are unfairly disadvantaged or vulnerable to life’s circumstances. McIlroy will be donating his winner’s prize fund to the foundation.
“The ovation I got when the ball landed on the 16th green sent shivers down my spine. It’s just incredible to play in front of these crowds; they’re so knowledgeable about their golf and, come rain or shine, they come out in droves to support. For everyone who is watching at home and everyone who is here, thank you for supporting this event. It means an awful lot to the players, but it means an awful lot to everyone else and buying a ticket this week goes a long way to helping children who really need it,” McIlroy added.
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