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.

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
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x