In a tournament that gave many players a good chance at winning, it was the tournament’s most successful player adding a third title at the Quail Hollow Golf Course.
Phil Mickelson started the tournament on fire, shooting 64 in the first round to take the lead, before undoing all his good work in the following three rounds.
Norweigan Viktor Hovland was showing signs of putting in a challenge by knocking in a 56ft birdie putt on the 14th.
That putt was beaten by Brian Stuard, who birdied the 16th with a 62ft monster putt. American duo, Gary Woodland, and Keith Mitchell both hit rounds of 67, and would be amongst the leaders throughout the tournament.
Well below par
Harold Varner III came into his home tournament hoping to win, but struggled from the off. He ended up missing the cut by a shot, along with some of golf’s biggest names.
The highest-ranked player to miss the cut was Spanish Jon Rahm, who’s chances were all but done thanks to a 76 on day one. Other key players to miss the cut were Ian Poulter, Jason Day and Shane Lowry.
Rory-ing to victory
From the second round on, Rory started mounting a challenge. Going into the final round, Keith Mitchell took a two-shot lead other Rory McIllroy, which was eclipsed by the 6th hole.
The next hole, Rory took the outright lead, before Gary Woodland made back-to-back birdies on the 7th and 8th after hitting two delightful 35-yard chips.
Challenges from Abraham Ancer and Viktor Hovland were also bringing them into contention for what looked like a nail-biting finish.
While all of this was going on, Richy Werenski almost hit the shot of the year on the 14th. The American drove the short par-4, hitting the flagstick on what could have been an albatross. He ended up making birdie.
After 13 holes, four players were in with a chance of winning, which is when Rory McIllroy decided that enough was enough. Birdies at 14 and 15, put a little daylight between himself and the field. Ancer then birdied 15 16 and 17, to put a little bit of pressure on the Northern Irishman who bogeyed the final hole to win the tournament.
This timely victory could not have come at a better time for Rory McIlroy, with the PGA Championship only two weeks away.
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