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Rory McIlroy defeats Adam Scott, wins for first time in a year

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Rory McIlroy, back in the winner's circle. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy, back in the winner's circle. (Getty Images)

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"I'm gutted."

Those were the words, not of Rory McIlroy, but of Adam Scott who finished second to McIlroy in the Australian Open on Sunday.

Scott was gunning for the Australian triple crown (PGA, Masters, Open) before being upended by the Uleterman at the very end.

Scott, leading McIlroy by one going to the 72nd hole of the tournament, bogeyed the last while McIlroy birdied it to get his first win in over a year (since the World Tour Championship last November).

It's true that Scott sort of blew the tournament but the real story is the McIlroy is playing as well as he's played since he switched to his Nike sticks.

He finished at 18 under for the tournament including a pretty awesome final-round 66 that included exactly zero bogeys. Here's a look at his card:

And a look at Scott's:

According to Jason Sobel, McIlroy was even sheepish after his win, offering up condolences to the hometown kid for swiping his dream.

You could tell, however, how much the win meant to McIlroy by his reaction after his 12-foot birdie putt dropped on No. 18:

The relaxing of his shoulders near the very end kind of says it all -- about his year, about his talent, about where his game is at right now.

He said as much after the final putt dropped.

"I never lost belief...golf's a long career and I'm only 24, but perhaps I pushed a little too hard this year."

No more, though, his swagger is back (maybe it never left?) and that crooked little walk he does will be prominent once again in 2014.

On a day when college football ruled the planet, we got one final last-second win in Australia from McIlroy.

What a day, indeed.

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