McIlroy Secures Shanghai Masters Win





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Rory McIlroy beat Anthony Kim in a play off to claim a hard-fought win at the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman went into the final round of the tournament with a three shot advantage before Kim roared back into contention, but the US Open champion held his nerve rally on the back nine and claim victory in the a play-off, but not before his American rival missed a chance at the 18th hole to snatch the title for himself.

Left with a difficult eight foot birdie putt on the final hole, Kim sent his effort inches wide, and while he repeated the trick, McIlroy sunk his attempt to claim the $2 million winner’s prize, the biggest sum on offer in professional golf.

McIlroy would have been fearing a repeat of his meltdown at the Masters earlier this year when he gave away a four shot advantage following three immaculate rounds that put him in the driving seat on his way to a fourth round 80. There was to be no repeat of that performance as he held strong despite falling a shot behind the American at the 11th.

The world number three admitted he was relieved to show the mettle to haul himself across the line after a string of near misses, adding that he was “delighted” with the win.

“I’ve been close in two or three tournaments and had two thirds and two seconds and was finally able to get myself over the line today,” he said.

“This was the third play-off of my career, and I was able to win this one, so at least my record in these events is getting better.

“I am just delighted to get another win.” He added.

McIlroy added of his fourth tournament win of the year that he entered as favourite for: I felt that I was playing good golf even though the pin positions were a bit more challenging.

“Even when Anthony was level and then went ahead I kept telling myself there was only one shot in it and to keep playing the same way.

“After four play-offs maybe I am getting a bit better at this, but I did have a better lie than Anthony.

“My goal is to keep improving and learning ways to win tournaments and for me this kind of concentration is important.”Rory McIlroy beat Anthony Kim in a play off to claim a hard-fought win at the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman went into the final round of the tournament with a three shot advantage before Kim roared back into contention, but the US Open champion held his nerve rally on the back nine and claim victory in the a play-off, but not before his American rival missed a chance at the 18th hole to snatch the title for himself.

Left with a difficult eight foot birdie putt on the final hole, Kim sent his effort inches wide, and while he repeated the trick, McIlroy sunk his attempt to claim the $2 million winner’s prize, the biggest sum on offer in professional golf.

McIlroy would have been fearing a repeat of his meltdown at the Masters earlier this year when he gave away a four shot advantage following three immaculate rounds that put him in the driving seat on his way to a fourth round 80. There was to be no repeat of that performance as he held strong despite falling a shot behind the American at the 11th.

The world number three admitted he was relieved to show the mettle to haul himself across the line after a string of near misses, adding that he was “delighted” with the win.

“I’ve been close in two or three tournaments and had two thirds and two seconds and was finally able to get myself over the line today,” he said.

“This was the third play-off of my career, and I was able to win this one, so at least my record in these events is getting better.

“I am just delighted to get another win.” He added.

McIlroy added of his fourth tournament win of the year that he entered as sports betting favourite for: I felt that I was playing good golf even though the pin positions were a bit more challenging.

“Even when Anthony was level and then went ahead I kept telling myself there was only one shot in it and to keep playing the same way.

“After four play-offs maybe I am getting a bit better at this, but I did have a better lie than Anthony.

“My goal is to keep improving and learning ways to win tournaments and for me this kind of concentration is important.”