On Saturday night I watched the Australian Open live via the Golf Channel because I had a hunch that Rory McIlroy could come from 4 strokes behind and win his first tournament of the year.
With Adam Scott’s approach on the par-3 17th hole landing within a very makeable birdie distance and Rory’s landing just on the fringe, I thought it was over, but both players ended up making par. This meant that on the par-4 18th hole Rory would need to birdie if Adam parred the hole to send it to a playoff.
With this scenario going into the 18th hole, and the time nearing 1 a.m. ET, I was reinvigorated and excited for what was about to unfold. Both players blasted great tee shots so it would be a matter of the approach shot that determined the winner. Adam shot first with his ball hitting the green and then skidding off the back of it into an embankment where many players ended up that day. Rory calmly hit an approach to about 10 or 12 feet.
With Rory on the green and Adam about to chip, the next shot was the most surprising. Adam hit a high shot that landed well past the hole and settled for a very long par putt, which he ended up almost making but settled for a bogey.
Now with the pressure off of him, Rory just had to two putt to send the tournament to a playoff, but instead, he hit an absolutely perfect putt that dropped right in the center of the cup for his first win of the season. After the putt dropped he let out a big exhale as if to say “FINALLY!”
On behalf of Nike Golf Nation, congrats to Rory McIlroy on his well-deserved win. He did it with Nike’s new Covert 2.0 woods and then new RZN ball.
Here’s to hoping his success continues!
UPDATE: Charl Schwartzel also won with the Covert 2.0 in the bag!