Watch: Rory McIlroy Holes Out For Eagle As He Begins Back Nine Charge

The four-time Major champion produced a hole-out eagle at the 9th as he chases down the leaders

McIlroy holes out on the 9th
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On Friday afternoon, Rory McIlroy had to produce a birdie at the 18th to just make the cut on the number at Yas Links, with a four on the 600+ yard par-5 last putting him at three-over-par.

After a five-under-par 67 on the Saturday, the four-time Major winner still saw himself nine shots back of overnight leader, Scott Jamieson. However, after just 13 holes on the final day of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, he sits just two back.

Playing the ninth, McIlroy left himself a smidge over 140-yards, with the resulting shot finding the bottom of the cup for a timely eagle. Watch the cracking shot below.

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With the overnight leaders struggling, including triple bogey's from the likes of Ryder Cup players, Shane Lowry and Viktor Hovland, there was a possibility that a player was going to break out from the pack and challenge at the top.

That player was the former world number one, as McIlroy recovered from yet another poor showing on Thursday and Friday, to salvage a result over the weekend.

After his eagle at the ninth, he would almost hole a lengthy eagle putt on the next, with a tap-in birdie moving him to four-under-par for the day and and just four back of the leaders.

That margin was soon reduced, with the 32-year-old birdieing the 12th and 13th to move within two of the lead.

Matt Cradock
Matt Cradock

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.