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By : BGA Proshop
Rory McIlroy is back in the winner’s circle after winning The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
It was another week and another opportunity to win the tournament but in his previous chances he had let it slip and people were starting to question if he was choking at critical times.
His response about this issue to the media was see as weak by some and in short he said he was playing good golf and if he wins he wins but doesn’t that is ok.
So at the start of the final round when McIlroy doubled bogeyed the 4th hole it looked like it was going to happen again. He managed to bounce back with a birdie on the 6th but bogeyed 7th straight after and he had the field breathing down his neck. With another birdie on the 9th, McIlroy turned with a one over 37 and had a lot of work to do as he had lost the lead.
What we then saw from McIlroy on the back nine was stunning golf especially the pressure he was under from the other players, fans, spectators as well as the media. This was his 6th tournament for the season and in this previous 5, he was in contention in all and faded badly in some tournaments. Many had thought he would do the same here but to go 3 under on a difficult nine was amazing.
After the round he said he looked at the leader board on the 12th hole and saw that Eddie Pepperall and Jhonattan Vegas had posted and finished their round at 14 under. He knew he had some work to do as at that stage he was one behind.
With another bogey on the 14th, McIlroy walked over to the 15th and saw that Jim Furyk had posted at 15 under so he knew he needed to finish the last 4 holes in 2 under to have a chance to win the tournament. He went on to birdie the 15th and 16th to get himself to 16 under and parred home to claim his first victory of the season.
The best shot of the day came on the 15th hole for McIlory as he was in a fairway bunker. After the round he talked about it with reporters and said “No doubts crept in at all, I was just trying to focus on the next shot, and it was a really tight hole location, so I’m just trying to play the sensible shot, get it beyond the pin a little bit and give myself a putt at it. At that point I wasn’t really thinking about the tournament, I was just thinking about, okay, I’ve put myself out of position on this hole, how can I get myself back into position.”
“I think all the experiences I’ve had over the last few weeks in terms of trying to win and not getting over the line definitely helped me today,” McIlroy said. “Maybe if I hadn’t had those experiences, I wouldn’t be sitting up here with this trophy. I’m thankful and grateful for those experiences.”
“I desperately wanted the win today, but it’s just another day, it’s just another step in the journey,” he said. “… It’s a huge tournament to win. I’m very proud and very honored, but it’s just a step in the right direction.”