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Rory McIlroy dominates The Match IX in Florida to raise $2.4M for charity

Rory McIlroy was in a class of his own as he dominated the ninth edition of Capital One's The Match in Florida on Monday night.

Out of the quartet competing in the one-off night-time event, McIlroy was the only player with previous experience, and it certainly showed as he confidently navigated the West Palm Beach course, outshining newcomers Max Homa, Lexi Thompson, and Rose Zhang.

Securing three skins worth $800,000, McIlroy clinched victory with a closest-to-the-pin triumph on the final hole, boosting his charity winnings to $2.4 million for the First Tee organization.

McIlroy's standout performance included a memorable "One Club Challenge" at the par-4 4th hole, where he salvaged a par while his counterparts struggled.

The challenge required each player to pick an exclusive club - which no other player could select - and use it for the entire duration of the hole. McIlroy selected a 5-wood, while Homa went with a 7-wood. Thompson opted for a 4-iron, Zhang a 4-hybrid.

While the other three players made the task look as difficult as it no doubt was, McIlroy was able to make par with relative ease and win the challenge.

The Northern Irishman would continue to dominate the competition from there, culminating in an impressive win on the 12th hole when all players took part in a closest-to-the-pin competition from 100 yards out and McIlroy easily won after sticking it to four feet.

Despite the one-sided nature of the contest, the competition was still a success, with all four players entertaining the crowds with plenty of banter, while also providing a platform for two of the biggest stars in the women's game to strut their stuff. 

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