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Rory McIlroy salvages lost 2013

Updated: December 2, 2013, 4:19 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

The ball barely making it to the hole, Rory McIlroy watching it tumble over the front edge and into the cup, the strange sound of murmuring and groaning enveloping the green at Royal Sydney on Sunday.

In a finish befitting the other sporting events of the weekend, McIlroy stunned the heavily pro-Adam Scott crowd in Australia with a 72nd-hole birdie to steal the Australian Open and win for the first time in a long, frustrating 2013 season.

In doing so, ...

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