AmericaHaving won the Wells Fargo Championship at -10 point on May 9, McIlroy finished 553 days without winning the PGA Tour.
The tournament took place in North Carolina at Quail Hollow, par71 with a prize fund of 8.1 million USD.
McIlroy hit 72 on the first day, 68 for both legs. After 54 holes, he and Gary Woodland were on T2 with a -7 score, two strokes away from Keith Mitchell at the top of the group.
On the closing day of May 9, McIlroy beat 65 sticks to be crowned.
The Northern Ireland Golfer and Mitchell started the last turn from hole 1, while Woodland was one hole ahead. Through 17 holes, McIlroy scored four birdies and no bogey, Mitchell watched as if they were standing on the spot with even par and Woodland finished with 71 strokes, reaching -7 on aggregate. At this point, McIlroy was at the top of the board (score -11).
With two strokes at the top of hole 18, par4, he was close to the coronation podium.
“The last man,” McIlroy played with the number 3 wooden stick, was 301 yards but into the dense grass close to the creek. That is the red-stake trap area. At that time, Abraham Ancer, with a score of -9 at the finish, became his biggest opponent with the ability to play extra holes if he gave the Northern Ireland golfer a double bogey.
Instead of hitting from the current position, McIlroy accepted to drop the ball with a free kick to get a better place. The new location is also not emotionally favorable – still in thick rough grass, on the slope and below the feet.
However, the former number one in the world still downs the No. 8 iron with the right sweet spot. The ball goes green, about 13 meters from the hole. From there, he latched the bogey after two swipes, of which the last putt was 0.6 meters. After this, he went to kiss his wife Erica Stoll and first daughter Poppy before going to sign the transcript.
With a bonus of $ 1,458 million, McIlroy ranked sixth on the list of the most bounty PGA Tours over time – $ 56,368,517. But to him, perhaps that is not as important as ending 18 months away from the coronation podium.
McIlroy shed tears during the award ceremony. “Winning the PGA Tour is difficult. It’s been a while since I won the championship,” he said.
Since the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in November 2019, McIlroy has struggled to find the PGA Tour trophy. Not only that, he also dropped his form, down to 15th world rankings (OWGR) on May 3 – the worst position in 10 years.
With yesterday’s victory, the 19th McIlroy championed the world’s most attractive golf arena, and for the third time held the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. This place recorded his first title in the American golf arena. “This is one of my favorite courts. Ending the drought in this battlefield is great,” McIlroy said.
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