The Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy once again found his best game and finished this Sunday a grand final in the fourth round of the CJ Cup to be proclaimed champion and clinch his 20th PGA Tour title since turning pro.
Mastering his strokes allowed him to surpass American Rickie Fowler, who had started Sunday as provisional leader with a two-shot lead, and then he held off the final attack from another local, young Collin Morikawa.
That forced him to play down the stretch with no margin for error to avoid the playoffs.
Former world number one McIlroy took control with an 11-meter eagle putt from the green on par 5 of the 14th hole and then played flawlessly down the stretch. which allowed him to deliver a signed card of 66 (-6) and ensure the victory with an accumulated score of 263 (-25), one less than Morikawa (264, -24) after the round ended with a record of 62 (-10), including an eagle on the 18th hole.
McIlroy is the 39th player to win at least 20 times on the PGA Tour, and it is his fifth consecutive season on the tour with at least one win., which this time left him a cash prize of $ 1,765,000 and 500 points for the FedEx Cup qualification.
While Morikawa, a member of The Summit Club, where the tournament was held, received a check for $ 1,053,000 and 300 points for the FedEx Cup qualification.
Fowler, who had to settle for the third place he shared with his compatriot Keith Mitchell, had a record of 71 (-1), his worst tour of the tournament, and finished with a cumulative 266 hits (-22).
“It’s a big carrot“McIlroy said of the 20 wins.”I didn’t know what it would be this week“.
He came into the weekend nine shots behind the leader, made up a lot of ground with a 62) -10) on Saturday and then walked away taking advantage of the scoring holes.
It was similar to his first PGA Tour win in 2010 at Quail Hollow. McIlroy was nine shots behind before the weekend at that tournament and closed with rounds of 66-62 to win.
Morikawa was watching from the balcony overlooking the 18th green to see if he had a chance to make additional holes, although he was asking a lot of McIlroy to drop a shot on the closing hole of par 5.
McIlroy leaned back from the tee, played near the green, and wedged the back pin to secure a pair of two putts and another trophy.
Part of it was sparked by a disappointing Ryder Cup, when he didn’t win a point until Sunday in singles, when it was too late and he was choking with excitement talking about it.
He wanted to go back to his roots as a player, and it worked very well against a strong field that allowed McIlroy to go from No. 15 in the world to return to the top 10.
Sergio García, with 67 strokes (-5) accumulated 271 (-17), which left him in twenty-fifth place in the standings, the same one that was also occupied by six more players.
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