McIlroy gets first win of 2013 with Australian Open victory

Rory McIlroy birdied the 18th hole to beat Adam Scott in the Australian Open on Sunday in Sydney, winning for the first time in 2013 and denying Scott the Triple Crown of Australian golf.

McIlroy started the last round four shots behind Scott, but drew even when he eagled the seventh and birdied the eighth.

Scott went a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth. The pair then went shot for shot over the back nine.

McIlroy finished with an 18-under 270. Scott finished six shots ahead of Australian John Senden.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Charl Schwartzel defended his title at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, shooting a 4-under 68 in Malelane, South Africa, for a four-shot victory and his first victory in a year.


WORLD CUP: Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won a super-G race at Lake Louise, Alberta, for the third straight year.

Svdinal finished in 1 minute, 28.53 seconds. He was followed by two Austrians – Matthias Mayer in 1:28.77 and Georg Streitberger in 1:28.91.

Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden held off 18-year-old American Mikaela Shiffrin to win a giant slalom event at Beaver Creek, Colo.


WORLD CUP: World champion Natalie Geisenberger led a German sweep of the top three spots in Winterberg, Germany, winning for the third time in a perfect start to her season.

Geisenberger was fastest in both runs down the Hochsauerland course to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 53.457 seconds for her 19th career victory.

Americans Erin Hamlin and Kate Hansen were sixth and seventh. Julia Clukey of Augusta finished 13th.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Chelsea advanced to second place, beating Southampton 3-1 despite giving up a goal after only 13 seconds, while defending champion Manchester United and Liverpool lost ground in the title race.

Chelsea trails Arsenal by four points. Manchester City moved to third, two points behind Chelsea, by defeating Swansea 3-0 with two goals from Samir Nasri.

Liverpool’s title hopes stumbled as Hull beat the Reds 3-1 for its first win in 17 attempts. Manchester United was held to a 2-2 draw at Tottenham.


AMERICAN LEAGUE: The Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract with 27-year-old righty Phil Hughes, who went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA last season with the Yankees.

– From news service reports