10/18/2021 at 6:09 AM CEST
Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy he found his best game again and this Sunday culminated a grand final in the fourth round of the CJ Cup to become 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 the provisional leader with a two-shot lead, and then held off the final attack from other locals, the young Collin Morikawa.
That forced him to play in the final stretch without margin of error not to lead to the playoffs.
McIlroy, former world number one, took control with an 11-meter eagle putt from the green on par 5 of hole 14 and then played without errors in the final stretch that allowed him to deliver a signed card of 66 (-6) and ensure the victory with a cumulative 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 circuit with at least one victory, which this time left him a cash prize and $ 1,765,000 and 500 points for FedEx Cup qualification.
While Morikawa, a member of The Summit Club, where the tournament was held, received a check from $ 1,053,000 and 300 points for 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 round 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 entered the weekend nine shots behind the leader, regained a lot of ground with a 62) -10) on Saturday and then he walked away taking advantage of the scoring holes.
It was similar to his first PGA Tour win in 2010. in 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 hit the wedge on the rear pin to secure a pair of two putts and another trophy.
Part of it was triggered 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.
“Being me is enough,” he declared. “Being me can allow me to do things like this.”
Regarding Latin American participation, the last day was positive with the Argentine Emiliano Grillo who shone by achieving the best record of all participants after delivering a signed card of 61 strokes (-11).
While Venezuelan veteran Jhonattan Vegas and Mexican Abraham Ancer finished with signed cards of 66 (-6) and 71 (-1), respectively, which allowed him to accumulate 269 (-19) and share the fourteenth place with two other players, the Americans Webb Simpson and Chris Kirk.
Grillo’s great journey allowed him to climb to eighteenth place at the add 270 hits (-18) and share it with six other golfers.
The Spanish Sergio García and Mexican Carlos Ortiz with final records of 67 strokes (-5) and 68 (-4), respectively, they accumulated 271 (-17), which left them in twenty-fifth place in the ranking, the same one that was also occupied by five more players.
The Chilean Joaquín Niemann finished in 45th place with accumulated 274 strokes (-14) and the Colombian Sebastián Muñoz was placed four places below (49) with 275 (-13).