English Rose Embraces His 19 year old Irish Victor

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.

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