McIlroy cruises to second Wells Fargo success
World number one Rory McIlroy stormed to a stunning seven shot Wells Championship success – his second victory in three weeks, a third triumph this season and the 18th win of his professional career.
Daylight was a distant second with McIlroy virtually winning at will in posting a final day 69 for a 21-under par tally on the Quail Hollow course in suburban Charlotte where five years ago he won first on the PGA Tour.
In seven years on Tour, McIlroy has never won three times in the first half of a year.
Just a fortnight after joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods with 10 victories prior to his 26th birthday, McIlroy has also bagged the title of the most PGA Tour victories by a non-American before the age of 30 and in the process surpassing South African great Gary Player’s feat of 10 victories.
McIlroy set-up his victory with a sizzling pro career low 61 on Saturday and simply went through the motions on the final day to capture an 11th PGA Tour success in his 94th start on the Tour at age 26 years, 13 days.
There was an early fourth round hiccup for the four-time Major winner when McIlroy three-putted from near 60-feet at the second for his first three-putt in 167 holes and a first dropped shot since McIlroy posted a double at his penultimate hole on Thursday.
However McIlroy regained his victory grip on the Wells Fargo with five birdies over the next 14 holes.
Rory McIlroy (Credit: www.golffile.ie)
And while he ‘duffed’ a chip shot for bogey at 17 there was a standing ovation for McIlroy as he proudly strode up the last.
“This golf course sets up perfectly for me and I had a goal today to go out and birdie the par fives and the birdie the two driveable par fours and I knew if I made six birdies there was pretty much no chance of anyone catching me,” he said.
“With my length and the way I feel I have been driving the ball it’s a big advantage and it showed this week.”
“Back in 2012 when I first got to World No. 1 I felt I got a bit complacent but I have been working as hard as I can and try and be the best I can be, and that helped me get over any complacency.”
“But to win here for a second time and to be the first player to win the championship for a second time is pretty special right now.”
What’s In The Bag
- Driver: Nike Vapor Pro 8.5-degree (MRC Diamana S+ 70 TX)
- Fairway Wood: Nike Vapor Speed 3-wood/15-degree and 5-wood/19-degree
- Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9)
- Wedges: Nike VR Forged 46-degree, 52-degree, 56-degree and Nike Engage 59-degree
- Putter: Nike Method 006
- Ball: Nike RZN Black
Little known Indiana-born Patrick Rodgers (68) and local Quail Hollow resident Webb Simpson (72) shared second place at 14-under par.
And Phil Mickelson, who posted a last day 68 to share fourth spot at 12-under par, could find just two words to describe McIlroy’s effort.
“It’s impressive,” said Mickelson.
Geoff Ogilvy finished the best of the Aussies in equal 7th for his best result on Tour this season.
Matt Jones, Steven Bowditch and Aaron Baddeley were the only others from Down Under to make it through to the weekend. Adam Scott struggled again this week with his second round 74 seeing him miss the cut by a shot.
The PGA Tour now heads to Texas for the Crowne Plaza Invitational where Adam Scott will defend his title he won in a playoff last year with Jason Dufner.