Rory McIlroy wins Players Championship

- AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Miami

Mar 19, 2019-

Rory McIlroy celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day with a one-shot victory at The Players Championship on Sunday, firing a two-under-par final round 70 to claim his first title of 2019.

The 29-year-old Northern Irishman overcame a shaky start at TPC Sawgrass to card six birdies against two bogeys and a double-bogey to finish one clear of US veteran Jim Furyk on 16 under. Furyk had surged into contention with a closing 67, a round which included an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys on the challenging Stadium Course layout.

The win earned McIlroy a $2.25 million winner’s cheque and could not have been better timed as he prepares for The Masters at Augusta next month where he is aiming to complete a career grand slam. It was another battling performance by McIlroy, who was able to regain his composure at several key moments on Sunday to stay in the hunt.

Furyk had faced an agonising wait to see if he had done enough for victory after completing his five-under-par round. The 48-year-old produced two birdies in his final three holes to close on 15 under. England’s Eddie Pepperell and Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas finished tied for third on 14 under after both closing with 66s. But it was a disappointing final round for Spain’s Jon Rahm, who had taken a one-shot lead into Sunday’s fourth round. Rahm closed with a four-over-par 76 to finish in a tie for 12th place on 11 under.

Published: 19-03-2019 10:54

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