With a one-stroke victory in the CJ Cup in Las Vegas on Sunday, Rory McIlroy put his Ryder Cup woes behind him and joined an elite group of players with 20 PGA victories.
Starting the day two shots behind leader Rickie Fowler, the former world No. 1 – whose ranking has fallen to 14th after a difficult 2021 – carded a fantastic six-under 66 to finish on 25-under par for his second triumph of the year.
On the front nine, McIlroy blended four birdies with his first bogey since Thursday, gained another stroke on the 12th, and sealed the victory by sinking a massive 34-foot putt from off the green for an eagle three on the 14th.
With a calm approach shot on the 18th, he was able to two-putt from 13 feet for a closing par to win ahead of American Collin Morikawa, who raced up the leaderboard with a career-best 10-under 62 to put pressure on the Northern Irishman.
Fowler (71) and fellow American Keith Mitchell (67) were tied for third place, two strokes back.
“To get to 20 wins here is a big achievement,” McIlroy, the 39th player to achieve the feat, said in his greenside interview. “I didn’t know if it was going to be this week, but I knew if I just kept my head down and kept playing well and kept doing the right things that eventually I’d get there. To get a win, it’s great, it feels really good.”
source : guardian sport