Anthony Kim missed a three foot par putt on the first playoff hole while Rory McIlroy tapped in his two footer for the win. With that two foot putt he took home professional golf’s single biggest prize, $2,000,000.
McIlroy had a chance on 18 to close out the win in regulation, but missed an eight footer which sent him into a playoff with Kim. Both players ended up with a 72 hole score of 18 under par on the Jack Nicklaus designed Lake Malaren golf course.
Here’s Rory on his win.
“It’s something that I feel like I can still get better at is winning and putting yourself in the position to win when you’re not playing your best.”
“Even if it’s scrappy golf where you grind it out, you’re going to win a lot more tournaments by doing that rather than playing your best golf the whole week. I was very happy I was able to pull this one out.”
The Shanghai Master’s isn’t related to any major tour, so no rankings were effected. Kim won $750,000 for second place and last place even paid out $25,000, plus all players were given appearance money.
Many of the players stay in Shanghai for another week to play at Sheshan International for the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions event.
South korea’s Noh Seung-Yul and America’s Hunter Mahan finished 13 under in third place. Lee Westwood was close behind at fifth despite his ace at the par 3 12th hole.
McIlroy, who started the day three shots ahead of the crowd, found himself with a one shot lead after the first as his second shot hit the pin.
“I felt good standing on the first tee obviously with a three-shot lead. I thought my second shot was very good. It was just a little unfortunate to hit the pin and ricochet back off the green. To go from three ahead to one ahead after the first hole was obviously not the start I was looking for.”