McIlroy magnificent on final day

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There was no love lost between friends Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler in what turned out to be the top attraction on the closing 12 singles matches at Gleneagles on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman secured 5 and 4 win over his American friend as he started his round with a birdie while on the second he carded an eagle after Fowler conceded.

Birdies followed at the third, fifth and sixth left McIlroy 5-up after just six holes – leaving Fowler wondering where it all went wrong.

The American did pulled one back at the seventh, the world number one kept him at bay over the final holes and went back to 5-up at with a birdie at the 13th to seal the deal on the 14th green.

“Ever since I knew that Paul (McGinley) wanted me to play early in the order I was very comfortable with that,” McIlroy told SkySports.

“I was probably more up for this day than the final two days of the majors I won this year. I started so well and was six under through six holes.”

The win was the first singles match to finish and increased the European lead to 11-6 which put them in a position where only three points were needed from the other singles matches.

Welshman Jamie Donaldson eventually sealed the deal with his 4 and 3 win over Keegan Bradley.

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