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Rory McIlroy flops as Viktor Hovland wins, Jack Nicklaus

Viktor Hovland parred the first extra hole to defeat Denny McCarthy in a playoff on Sunday to win the Memorial tournament while Rory McIlroy imploded in the final round.

The 25-year-old from Oslo, a runner-up in last month’s PGA Championship, had not won on tour since the 2021 World Wide Technology Championship in Mexico.

He pockets $3.6 million (A$5.45m) from the $20 million (A$30m) purse for winning the elevated event.

Seventh-ranked Hovland, Sunday’s only player to birdie the 17th hole, and McCarthy, whose lone bogey came at 18, each fired a two-under par 70 to finish 72 holes on seven-under 281 at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.

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Rory McIlroy let the win slip in epic fashion.Source: Getty Images

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