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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 277
COVER STORY 11 RORY MCILROY v ADAM SCOTT (2013 Australian Open) Adam Scott returned home for the 2013 Australian summer of golf a hero, having become the first Australian to capture the Masters earlier that year. The Queenslander entered the Australian Open having already won the Australian PGA and Australian Masters – and was looking to complete the trifecta. But he was greeted by an eager-to-win Rory McIlroy, who, up to that point, had spent the year winless. The pair traded blows all week before McIlroy shot a final round six-under 66 to defeat Scott – who signed for a 71 – by one shot. 10 HALE IRWIN v MIKE DONALD (1990 US Open) Two-time champion Irwin was 45 and in need of a special exemption into the field at Medinah. Mike Donald was a Tour journeyman with one win. But despite being unlikely combatants, the two delivered one of the most memorable US Opens in history. Irwin holed a long birdie putt at the 72nd hole and watched from the commentary box as Donald held his nerve to match his eight-under total. Unable to be separated in the 18-hole playoff, the players headed for sudden death, where Donald couldn’t match Irwin’s birdie three. 9 PHIL MICKELSON v SERGIO GARCIA (2016 Ryder Cup) On paper, the 2016 Ryder Cup might not sound like an epic affair; the United States defeated Europe 17 – 11 in a dominant display. But there was one particular match, between Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson, which was arguably the greatest ever. To put it simply, Mickelson made 10 birdies, shot 63 and still couldn’t earn his team a point. Garcia played a blemish-free round, fired nine birdies and combined with Mickelson to produce a better ball score of 58. ►
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