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Rory McIlroy claims Players Championship victory in style

Rory McIlroy claims Players Championship victory in style

The massive purse helped The Players attract the world's best golfers including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and others to play at TPC Sawgrass.

Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy posted a 70 to share second at 14 under with Fleetwood, but McIlroy will play in Sunday's second-last group with Day - who is outright fourth.

McIlroy set the U.S. Open scoring record a year later with an eight-shot victory. Missed cuts and major wins were bedfellows. His worst finish in six starts this year is a tie for sixth, which came a week ago at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The nagging issue of playing in nine straight final groups without a win still persists -- he was in the second-to-last group Sunday - but hardly matters now.

However, McIlroy bounced back from a bogey on the 14th with birdies at the next two holes to move back into the lead and safely negotiated the treacherous 17th and 18th to secure a 15th PGA Tour title after starting the season with five consecutive top-six finishes.

How much did he win?

Despite being in contention every week, golfers are often judged by wins and it had been almost a year to the day since his last victory.

"I hoped that if I just stayed patient enough and waited my turn things would work out and I'm glad they have". "It has taken me a few weeks to get to this point but I feel like I am playing some of the best golf of my life right now and I just need to keep doing the same things".

Attitude has been key for McIlroy.

"Not letting golf define who I am as a person, trying to keep the two things very separate because in the past I would let what I shot that day influence my mood".

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"I think, maturity", says McIlroy of a new attitude. And I think that's been the big difference between the highs and lows of the last few years and the more consistent play. "Everything was in a really good place, and that's why I was just preaching patience, and it was just a matter of time". But after a stirring performance that left him alone in second behind Rory McIlroy, the 48-year-old has snagged a spot in an upcoming WGC event - and now has a return to the Masters within reach. But with birdies on the 15th and 16th, he grabbed the outright lead again.

And like regular gravity, the sheer weight of the moment brought a lot of them down, one after one, until only Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland remained at 16-under 272.

McIlroy had said at the start of the year in Hawaii that he was entering a second phase of his career, even as he has learned to look at the big picture in an Instagram world.

"It's a glimpse. My career is hopefully going to last another 15 or 20 years, so one tournament or one day or one month in those 20 years is nothing". McIlroy is now the betting favorite to win the 2019 Masters at 8-1, according to the latest odds-to-win posted at golfodds.com and at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook in the wake of his Players victory. Memories are short in golf.

McIlroy will still celebrate and enjoy this Players victory, and so he should.

'And if I go to Augusta with a similar golf game to what I have now and the attitude I've shown over the first few weeks of the year, I think I'll have a great chance'. According to Golf Digest, the winning golfer will earn $2.25 million.

Woods is the only player to have won at Sawgrass and Augusta National in the same year (2001) and McIlroy needs to repeat the feat to join Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen in having won all four major titles. He only got those questions because he is such an exceptional player, expected by most to close out any tournament when he is within four of the lead.

"A finish like this probably gets me in Colonial, Memorial for sure".


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