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.
Phil Mickelson has admitted that his chances to win the US Open and complete the career Grand Slam have probably come and gone.
Jason Day is excited about his partnership with caddie Steve Williams, and reckons it has given him a newfound hunger to return to the top.
Sergio Garcia is hoping to kickstart his summer with a solid performance at this week’s BMW International Open.
Brooks Koepka is back in action at this week’s Travelers Championship, even though he admits he is feeling “mentally exhausted”.
Francesco Molinari is set to receive a hero’s welcome upon his return to Rome for the Italian Open from October 10-13.
Madeira has been named Europe’s ‘leading island destination’ in the 2019 World Travel Awards for the fourth successive year.
Gary Woodland had one very special supporter cheering him on on Sunday. You might remember her.
Brooks Koepka came very close to winning his third straight US Open title at Pebble Beach on Sunday, but ultimately came off second best.