McIlroy back to winning ways

By Neil Connolly, in Sport, Golf · 21-05-2021 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

Rory McIlroy solidified his position in the European Ryder Cup rankings after winning his first tournament in 553 days at the Wells Fargo Championship on the PGA TOUR.

Although currently sitting in the final automatic place on the European Points List with 3,885.19 points, McIlroy did jump one place on the World Points List and into second with 340.27 points – meaning he would qualify via the World Points List regardless of his position in the European Points List as things stand.

Rounds of 72-66-68-68 saw the five-time Team Europe player win for the 19th time on the PGA TOUR, his third victory at the Wells Fargo Championship – the first time he’s won the same tournament on three occasions.

Decision-making was the order of the week, with McIlroy showing his experience on the final hole when he decided to take a drop after his tee shot ended up nestling in the thick rough inside a red hazard line.

After lengthy deliberations with caddie Harry Diamond, Rory hit an 8-iron to 45ft and comfortably lagged the putt to a few inches to avoid a play-off with Mexico’s Abraham Ancer.

Quail Hollow Golf Course has always been a memorable one for McIlroy, as it was the scene of his breakthrough victory on the PGA TOUR when he won his first title by eight strokes back in 2010.

“Yeah, this place has been good to me,” McIlroy said. “Ever since I first set eyes on this golf course, I loved it from the first time I played it, and that love has sort of been reciprocated back. I’ve played so well here over the years.

“It’s never easy to win out here. It’s felt like a long time since that victory in China back in 2019. The world was a completely different place than it is today, and life has changed a lot for me being a dad, and winning on Mother’s Day, I’m thinking of Erica (his wife) and thinking of my mum back home.

“This is one of my favourite places in the world and to break the drought and to win here again, that’s awesome.”

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