Rory McIlroy made five birdies in his final 10 holes at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday to bring home the title at The Players Championship.
With the win, his first on tour in a year, McIlroy joins Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players with 15 wins and four majors before 30. "I came on tour and all I wanted to do was keep my card, and from there, you grow and you learn and you become a better player, and you realize that there's a lot more that you can achieve," McIlroy said. "I think all the experience that I've racked up over those first 10 or 11 years means that I'm way for prepared for these next 10, and if you're more prepared, hopefully that means you can have more success."
Yet after several players fought through the pack to grab the lead — including Jhonattan Vegas, Jim Furyk and Eddie Pepperell, who was making his Players Championship debut — it was McIlroy, who made birdie on five of his final 10 holes, who triumphed in the end. McIlroy finished with a 2-under 70 on Sunday, bringing him to 16-under for the week to take home The Players Championship title. The win marked his 15th on Tour, and his first since the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Tiger Woods had a much more enjoyable experience at the 17th hole of The Players Championship on Saturday. A day after carding a quadruple-bogey 7 at the famed island green, Woods made a birdie and had a lengthy laugh with playing partner Kevin Na in the third round. Woods followed with one even closer, getting his ball to stop inside 3 feet.
The Spaniard used his prodigious power to plunder an eagle and seven birdies at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, matching the best score of the week on a day when the predicted northerly wind did not materialise. quot;I had a good stretch from one to 18 pretty much today," Rahm said with a smile after finishing on 15-under 201 for the tournament. That was enough to edge ahead of overnight leaders Northern Irishman McIlroy and Englishman Fleetwood, who quickly frittered away what had been a three-shot advantage over their nearest rivals.
Rory McIlroy became the first player from Northern Ireland to win the Players Championship when he emerged as the last man standing to beat veteran American Jim Furyk by one stroke in Ponte Vedra, Florida on Sunday. On a day when 15 players at one stage were within two shots of the lead, McIlroy overcame an early double-bogey and fought back to prevail with a two-under-par 70 in a fluctuating breeze at TPC Sawgrass. With Furyk already in the clubhouse after a gimme birdie at the final hole, the 29-year-old McIlroy knew what he had to do as he played the final three holes.
Rory McIlroy celebrated St Patrick's Day in brilliant style with victory in the prestigious Players Championship after a thrilling final round at Sawgrass. After proving his critics wrong by joining Sandy Lyle as the only British winners of the so-called "fifth major", McIlroy will take renewed confidence into his bid to win a genuine fifth major title at the Masters to complete the career grand slam. McIlroy recovered from an early double bogey to card a closing 70 and finish 16 under par, one shot ahead of former Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk, who had threatened to become the oldest winner in tournament history.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Tiger Woods hit 12 of 14 fairways, made a 30-foot putt for birdie and holed out for par from a greenside bunker in the final round at The Players Championship. Even though he finished in the middle of the pack, Woods liked the state of his game in preparation for the Masters. "It's right on track," Woods said after shooting a 3-under 69 on Sunday. "I'm able to shape the golf ball both ways, which I'm going to need there. Just need a few more putts to go in, but that's about it." Woods made four birdies in wet conditions and had decent looks at a few more, but failed to make many mid-length putts. Still, his 26 putts in the final round marked the first time he needed
Rory McIlroy finally buried his Sunday demons and achieved his first win in more than a year here on Sunday. It was anything but straightforward for McIlroy, who double-bogeyed the fourth to spiral out of the lead and then bogeyed the seventh. McIlroy came into the year's biggest golfing week so far with five top-six finishes to his name in the six events he had played in 2019 and, although that was an astonishing run of consistency, he had been presented with chances to win in each of those events.
Spaniard Jon Rahm produced a superb eight-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead ahead of Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood into the final round of the Players Championship at Sawgrass. Rahm climbed up nine places to finish Saturday a stroke clear at the top of the leaderboard on 15 under, which included an eagle on the 11th - and could have been better but for an earlier bogey at the sixth. McIlroy, meanwhile, signed for a 70 after a slow start saw him drop shots on the opening two holes.
Closing in on his best round of the week at The Players, Webb Simpson was eyeing his 47-footer for birdie from the fringe of the 14th green when a rules infraction shattered the relative calm. Simpson explained that his putter accidentally became tangled in his shirt and hit his golf ball, moving it “a quarter of an inch.” An official ruled that Simpson had violated Rule 9.4b (Ball Lifted or Moved by Player) and was assessed a one-stroke penalty which led to a bogey on the hole. Because it's killing our game when it comes to these kind of things,” said Simpson, who finished with a 4-under 68.
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