Rory McIlroy ended shedding run stretching again to November 2019 with a one-shot victory on the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hole in North Carolina.
There was scare for the Northern Irishman on the last gap when he took a one-shot penalty, however a bogey for a closing 68 for 10-under par was sufficient to seal a slender win over Abraham Ancer, with Victor Hovland and in a single day chief Keith Mitchell in a tie for third on eight beneath.
McIlroy began the ultimate day two pictures behind Mitchell, however moved to the highest with a birdie, his second of the spherical, on the seventh after which shared the lead, first with Gary Woodland then Mitchell and Ancer.
Birdies at 14 and 15 noticed the four-time main winner go two clear, however he pulled his last drive and was lucky that the ball settled in a hazard two toes from a stream. McIlroy’s caddie, Harry Diamond, inspired him to take a penalty drop nonetheless and it proved a sensible resolution as he then hit his eight-iron onto the inexperienced and two-putted for victory.
An improved placing efficiency was key to incomes a nineteenth PGA Tour win, with McIlroy not lacking from six toes in all 4 rounds.
It’s a well timed increase for McIlroy, who has slipped to his lowest world rating – 15 – since 2009 and began the event 51st within the FedEx Cup standings.
After successful his third Wells Fargo Championship, McIlroy stated: “Quail Hole is certainly one of my favorite locations on the earth, so to interrupt the drought by successful right here once more is superior.
McIlroy believes the return of spectators after the Covid-19 ban helped to drive him to victory in North Carolina. “It’s superior to play in entrance of galleries once more,” he stated. “After we got here again from the pandemic I believed I might benefit from the peace and quiet just a little bit. I quickly realised that to convey the most effective out of myself I want this and I really feel all of the vitality a lot. Possibly right here greater than wherever else as a result of it’s the primary place I’ve received 3 times. The gang actually carried me by means of immediately.”
McIlroy’s successful gear
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 9°
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade SIM (3, 5)
Irons: TaylorMade P730 (3-9)
Wedges: TaylorMade MG (48°) MG2 TW (56°, 60°)
Putter: TaylorMadeSpider X Hydro Blast
Ball: TaylorMade TP5X