Rory McIlroy felt guilty after beating Adam Scott at the Australian Open
Last Updated: 01/12/13 5:52pm
Rory McIlroy showed sympathy for Adam Scott after snatching the Australian Open title from under his nose.
Scott was seeking a rare Australian triple crown, after winning the PGA and Masters titles, and he had been in front for just about the whole tournament at Royal Sydney.
But a couple of mistakes at the 72nd hole, combined with a McIlroy birdie, meant the Northern Irishman ended a year-long wait for a title.
"It's been a frustrating year but I've worked hard and it's been a process, trying to get back to winning golf tournaments, and it was nice to do that today."
He had started the day four strokes behind Scott and led for the only time when he holed his winning putt on the final green, Scott having been in command since opening with a round of 62.
"It's hard not to feel some sort of guilt in the way that I won it," said McIlroy, whose last win was in Dubai in November last year.
"Adam is a phenomenal golfer, a great competitor and probably an even better guy. I feel a bit sorry that I was the one that ruined the triple crown for him but I'm happy and Adam should be proud of himself. He's a credit to the game and to this country.
"It's been a frustrating year but I've worked hard and it's been a process, trying to get back to winning golf tournaments, and it was nice to do that today.
"I just sort of stayed patient, I knew that anything can happen on this golf course, if you just hit it into a tricky spot like Adam did on 18.
"Luckily I was just able to make that putt at the end when I needed it.
"It's a very prestigious tournament and I am honoured to have my name on the trophy. I'm sure there is a lot of proud people who watched that today.
"I think I am more experienced and more patient now. I'm not getting as down on myself or not being as hard on myself because golf is a long career and you can't have too many highs and lows in terms of emotions.
"You've just got to try and keep it on an even keel and I feel like I've done a better job of that this year as the months have gone past.
"You know you have to go through the lows. And I'm not saying it was a low this year, it's not like I plummeted off the face of the earth.
"I'm still sixth in the world so it's not too bad. It's not the level that I feel like I can play to but I feel I'm getting back there, so it's very pleasing."