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Rory McIlroy is back in the winner’s circle after claiming victory at the Wells Fargo Championship.
McIlroy started the day 2 shots behind overnight leader Keith Mitchell and dropped to 3 shots behind after the first hole after Mitchell made an opening birdie.
BY the turn McIlroy was in the lead with two solid birdies on the 3rd and 7th while Mitchell dropped 2 shots on the 5th and 6th.
On the back nine McIlroy opened up a 2 shot lead with birdies on the 14th and 15th and was looking to close out the tournament with a bogey free round but the 18th hole made it interesting.
With 3 wood in hand and a 2 shot lead McIlroy pulled his drive left of the creek running through the left hand side of the rough. After a lengthy discussion with his caddie Harry Diamond who encouraged McIlroy to take the drop, he decided that would be the best option instead of trying to play the ball where it was. As he was already in the rough he had to take the plenty drop back in the rough which made his 3 shot more challenging.
Difficult to get up and down from there for par, McIlroy knew he had already dropped one shot so with his 3rd he had to aim for the safe part of the green and try to 2 putt from there which he did to claim the one shot win from Abraham Ancer.
“Yeah, this place has been good to me,” said McIlroy, whose drive wound up in the lateral hazard on the last hole, a position from which he did well to make bogey after taking a drop. “Ever since I first set eyes on this golf course, I loved it from the first time I played it, and that love has sort of been reciprocated back. I've played so well here over the years.”
“It’s just awesome to play in front of these people again,” he told CBS after the round. “When we came back from the pandemic, I thought I’d enjoy the peace and quiet a little bit. I soon realized that to bring the best out of myself, I need this.”
“This is Harry and I’s sixth win together and it’s probably been our best one,” he said. “Bay Hill back in 2018 was great because I hadn’t won in a while, but this is even better just because Harry’s been there every step of the way. The tough parts that I’ve had to endure over the last few months, he’s been with me every step of the way and it’s nice to come through all that with him and to get into the winner’s circle again.”