U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy defeated Anthony Kim in a playoff Sunday to win the Shanghai Masters. Kim had earlier shot a 69 to reel in Rors three shot lead and both men finished on 18 under after McIlroy’s birdie putt on the last missed by a whisker.

On the first playoff both players found themselves in the sand; Kim splashed to three feet, Rory to two.  Kim’s putt slid by leaving Rory with a tap in for the win and the $2 million first-place cheque, the biggest ever in golf.

Kim banked $750,000 from the wheelbarrow of cash which even paid $25,000 for last place.

Shot of the day was Lee Westwood’s hole in one on the 12th, and with seven more birdies on his card today, he may be one to watch at next week’s HSBC.

The final round was not the procession that many thought it might be for McIlroy as he battled with his game from the start.  He found water, bunkers and struggled on the greens but dug deep and showed great character to emerge with a 72 and win the playoff.

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