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McIlroy's 62 blitzes field

MR. 58: Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa reacts on No. 14 after sinking a putt for birdie, his 10th of 12 on the day in his round of 58.

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MR. 58: Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa reacts on No. 14 after sinking a putt for birdie, his 10th of 12 on the day in his round of 58.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rory McIlroy considers it his most important shot of the year, one that led to victory in the Quail Hollow Championship and made him the youngest PGA Tour winner since Tiger Woods.

It wasn't Sunday's 5-iron on the 15th hole that settled 3 feet away for eagle. Nor the 7-iron out of the bunker on No. 16, so good he didn't even watch it land 5 feet from the cup.

The shot wasn't even Sunday, when he shot an amazing 62.

McIlroy, who turns 21 on Tuesday, was two shots over the cut line with three holes left Friday when he hit a 4-iron into the breeze and over the water to 6 feet for an eagle. He made the cut on the number.

"The rest," he said with his engaging smile, "is history."

Was it ever.

The native of Northern Ireland played the final five holes in 5 under — with six 3s on his card — to set the course record at 10-under 62 for a four-shot victory over Masters champion Phil Mickelson.

McIlroy finished in style, hitting a 40-foot birdie on No. 18.

"I suppose I got into the zone," he said. "I hadn't realized I was going in 9, 10 under. I just know I got my nose in front and I was just trying to stay there."

Mickelson, who started the day two behind third-round leader Billy Mayfair, thought a final-round 68 would win it.

"You just never expect something like 62," Mickelson said.

Woods was 20 years, 10 months when he got his first PGA Tour win in Las Vegas in 1996.

Teen sets major-tour mark to win in Japan

TOGO, Japan — Ryo Ishikawa shot 12-under 58 — the lowest score ever on a major tour — to win The Crowns for his seventh Japan Tour title.

Ishikawa, 18, tapped in for par on the par-4 18th after his 15-foot birdie try slid inches by the cup. He had 12 birdies in his bogey-free round at the 6,545-yard, par-70 Nagoya Golf Club (see scorecard, above).

Ishikawa (267) beat Hiroyuki Fujita and Paul Sheehan by five strokes.

Ochoa 6th in farewell

MORELIA, Mexico — Ai Miyazato was fine moments after her third LPGA Tour title this season. She only started to tear up when she began talking about Lorena Ochoa.

Miyazato (67) won the Tres Marias Championship, but was overshadowed by Ochoa's last round before stepping into retirement to raise a family and focus on her charity foundation.

During the trophy ceremony, Miyazato broke down crying as she thanked Ochoa, who chose Miyazato as her playing partner for the first two rounds.

"She is one of my best friends," Miyazato said of Ochoa, who was standing a few feet away. "I'm going to miss her."

Miyazato (19-under 273) beat Stacy Lewis by a stroke and Michelle Wie by two. Ochoa (71) finished sixth at 12 under.

"It is hard to put into words, but this has been eight years of a lot of fun and I made friends I will never forget in my life," Ochoa said, sobbing as she spoke to fellow players.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (75—282) faded to a tie for ninth, nine strokes back.

CHAMPIONS: David Eger won the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier, Miss., for his first senior title since 2005, closing with 3-under 69 for 277 total, one stroke better than Tommy Armour III.

McIlroy's 62 blitzes field 05/02/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 2, 2010 11:07pm]
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