Rory McIlroy ends 1½-year winless streak, claiming Wells Fargo title at a Quail Hollow Club where he has found much success
Rory McIlroy grew up in Northern Ireland and makes his home in south Florida, but he has a big piece of his heart in Charlotte, N.C.
“It’s never easy,” McIlroy said. “It feels like a long time. The world is a very different place. This is one of my favorite places in the world. It’s awesome.”
McIlroy won for the third time at Quail Hollow, where he posted his first career victory in 2010 and added No. 11 five years later, when he was the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world and already had won four major championships.
With a boisterous crowd pulling for his third triumph in the Queen City, McIlroy holed a 2-foot bogey putt on the final hole for a 3-under 68 and 10-under 274 total, one stroke ahead of Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, who moved into contention with a final-round 66.
“I feed off the energy so much, maybe here more so than any place else,” McIlroy said. “The crowd has been awesome. They carried me through today.”
On Mother’s Day, wife Erica and baby daughter Poppy greeted him behind the 18th green. He earned $1.458 million from the $8.1 million purse.
Keith Mitchell, who held a two-stroke lead and was paired with McIlroy in the final round, shot 72 and tied for third at 8-under 276 with Norway’s Viktor Hovland, who closed with 67. (For first-round scores, click here.)
McIlroy, who missed the cut in his previous start, at the Masters, heads to the PGA Championship on May 20-23 as one of the favorites after a rocky year or so. At age 22, he won the 2012 PGA at Kiawah’s Ocean Course by a tournament-record eight strokes. It was his first of two PGA titles.
Bryson DeChambeau, who flew home to Dallas late Friday after he shot 74, figuring that his 2-over 144 total would not qualify for the final 36 holes, had to scramble back to Charlotte before dawn Saturday when he got word that he had made the cut on the number. DeChambeau shot a pair of 68s on the weekend to surge into the top 10, finishing T-9.
Justin Thomas, who won the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow and entered the week as one of the favorites, tied for 26th at even-par 284.
Quail Hollow, a 1959 George Cobb design that first welcomed the PGA Tour in 1969, will be the site of the 2022 Presidents Cup matches.
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