McIlroy Holds Off Furyk to Clinch Players at Sawgrass

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has won the Players Championship, beating Jim Furyk by just one shot after a thrilling final round at Sawgrass.

This is McIlroy’s first win in a year, and puts him in a good position to try for a career Grand Slam at next month’s Masters.

Only five players – Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods – have won the modern era career Grand Slam of Open Championship, US Open, Masters and US PGA Championship.

McIlroy is only the second UK golfer to win the Players, following Sandy Lyle in 1987.

Masters

The Northern Irishman’s two-under-par 70 gave him victory on 16 under. Quoted on Sky Sports, McIlroy said “I feel like I’m playing some of the best golf of my life right now and I just need to keep doing the same things. If I hadn’t won, I’d have said I didn’t need one going into Augusta, but it’s nice to win on a course that will play similar to Augusta in a few weeks.”

McIlroy won the US Open in 2011, US PGA in 2012 and 2014, and The Open in 2014, but has not yet won the Masters, which starts on 11th April.

England’s Eddie Pepperell holed a 50-foot putt on the 17th to briefly join McIlroy in a tie for the lead, before McIlroy pulled clear with birdies on the 15th and 16th. Pepperell finished two behind McIlroy, tied third after a 66.

English world number two Justin Rose finished on 68, while Tiger Woods ended six under with a 69.

See also: Rory McIlroy Makes Controversial European Tour U-Turn

 

 

You May Also Like

Tiger Woods Expresses 2020 Olympics Interest

Tiger Woods has expressed an interest in representing the United States at the 2020 ...

Has Tiger Woods’ New Girlfriend Been Revealed? image courtesy Tony Bowler : Shutterstock.comHas Tiger Woods’ New Girlfriend Been Revealed? image courtesy Tony Bowler : Shutterstock.com

Has Tiger Woods’ New Girlfriend Been Revealed?

The identity of Tiger Woods’ new girlfriend appears to have been revealed after he ...

Race To Dubai 2017: Who Can Win the Title?

Race To Dubai 2017: Who Can Win the Title?

The Race To Dubai 2017, the European Tour’s season-long points standings system, will come ...

2018 Ryder Cup Format: All You Need to Know. Image courtesy Shutterstock

2018 Ryder Cup Format: All You Need to Know

Europe and the United States will clash in the 42nd Ryder Cup when they ...

The Match: Phil Mickelson Beats Tiger Woods and Takes $9M Prize. Image courtesy Shutterstock.

The Match: Phil Mickelson Beats Tiger Woods and Takes $9M Prize

This past weekend, golf fans from around the world were glued to the TV ...

2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach: Everything to Know

The 2019 U.S. Open heads to Pebble Beach with history on the mind of ...