Hats off to 19 year old Irishman, Rory McIlroy who won the Dubai Desert Classic golf on Sunday. Having seen his four shot lead shrink to a one shot lead going into the last hole, I’m sure his nerves were jangling. Having hit a perfect drive off the tee, he goofed his second shot into the bunker.
As he said himself: “it was just a little bit of adrenaline, my hands got into it and I flipped my third shot into the bunker.” However he got ‘up and down’ in two and won it outright. He has a very very bright future. However that’s not why this post is in the blog. It was Justin Rose’s sportsmanship that caught my eye. He had a putt on the 18th for a birdie 3 that could have won him the competition, or at least forced a play-off (as at that point McIlroy was out of the bunker for three shots and could only hope to get his par 4 with his final putt). Rose missed by less than an inch. He smiled, composed himself and tapped his ball in for a par 4. McIlroy then sank the biggest 4 foot putt of his life to win the competition. Rose was first over and embraced young Mcllroy with real warmth. A fellow competitor who has fought all the way to the wire proved to be a great sportsman. Well done Mr. Rose.