Rory McIlroy won the Players Championship in dramatic fashion on Sunday as he made two late birdies to win the tournament by one stroke.
McIlroy carded a final round 70 at TPC Sawgrass and held off a charge made by 48-year-old Jim Furyk who finished second after hitting an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys to card a round of 67 to end on 16 under.
It was though McIlroy’s first victory of 2019 and will give the Northern Irishman plenty of confidence ahead of next month’s Masters at Augusta where aims to complete a career Grand Slam.
The 29-year-old finished with two pars on Sunday to close out and seal his 15th US PGA Tour title.
The victory also comes after several near-misses for McIlroy, who has top-10 finishes in five previous starts in 2019.
The four-time major winner said after his win: “I think all those experiences I had starting the year helped.
“I felt more and more confident each time. I just stayed as patient as I possibly could.
“I hoped that if I just stayed patient enough and waited my turn things would work out and I’m glad they have.”
Overnight leader John Rahm lost his way in the final round as he started with three bogeys in four holes and never recovered to eventually finish with a four-over-par 76 and a tie for 12th place.
The biennial match between the United States and Europe will now take place in September 2021 at Whistling Straits.
Organisers hope to stage the event in September 2021.
The five-time European Tour winner has yet to register a victory in the United States.
The event at Royal Troon from August 20-23 will now be the first women’s major of the year following the cancellation of the Evian Championship.
Bryson DeChambeau hopes his victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic on Sunday has answered his critics.
Overnight leader Matthew Wolff was not able to recover from a poor start.
Americans Ryan Armour and Bryson DeChambeau sit in second place.
The Englishman carded a 66 to put behind him the disappointment of playing alone and missing the cut last week.
Webb Simpson isn’t bothered by the number of the positive tests on the PGA Tour.