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Pay day: McIlroy secures lucrative prize after winning in Shanghai

Rory McIlroy earned the biggest first prize in golf by beating Anthony Kim in a play-off at the Lake Malaren Shanghai Masters.

Image: Alexander F. Yuan/AP/Press Association Images

RORY McILROY CLAIMED the biggest first prize of his career by beating Anthony Kim to the Lake Malaren Shanghai Masters title, but only after a final round wobble.

The 22-year-old lost a three shot lead over the American but triumphed in a play-off, earning himself a cool £1.25million in the process.

It was a poor start for the US Open champion, who bogeyed the first while seeing Kim land a birdie.

McIlroy was a shot behind after dropping another shot on the 11th but drew level with a brilliant birdie on the 15th, and parred the final three holes to finish on an 18-under 270.

The Holywood man had only managed an even-par round of 72 to Kim’s 69, but got the best of his opponent when it mattered. Kim missed a three-foot putt on the first play-off hole and McIlroy’s two-footer for par secured the lucrative purse.

The win – which does not improve McIlroy’s world ranking position or earn him Ryder Cup points because it does not have official tour status – is the young golfer’s second of the year, and fourth in total.

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