Scott was left to rue a series of missed birdie opportunities, failing to make six putts from within 12 feet during his final round.
“Nothing was going my way on the greens today,” Scott said. “I could have put this thing away early on if the putter was behaving how it should have, how it did the rest of the week.”
Both players took irons from the tee on the last hole and landed their shots adjacent to each other on the fairway. Scott’s approach landed ahead of the hole, but a bounce sent the ball flying through the back of the green.
Rather than pitch and run back onto the green, Scott chose to give his chip some loft. It failed to pull up, rolling onto the lower tier of the green and he did well to salvage a bogey.
McIlroy stood assessing his 10-foot putt during Scott’s excursions. After Scott holed out, McIlroy rolled in a slow putt that just made it to the hole.
“I didn’t think it was going to unfold the way it did,” McIlroy said. “It’s hard not to feel some guilt in the way I won it. Having a one-shot lead going into the last having it taken away from you right at the very end, it’s tough.”
McIlroy finished with an 18-under 270. Scott finished six shots ahead of Australian John Senden (11 under).
Senden and Australians Bryden MacPherson and Rhein Gibson, who tied for fourth at 9 under, all qualified for next year’s British Open.
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