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McIlroy wins Players after back nine battle with Furyk, Vegas, and Pepperell

18 March 2019

Rory McIlroy emerged as the last man standing in a wild final round to win the Players Championship by one shot from American Jim Furyk in Ponte Vedra, Florida on Sunday. McIlroy overcame an early double-bogey and fought back in style to card two-under-par 70 in a fluctuating breeze at TPC Sawgrass, becoming the first from Northern Ireland to capture the title.

With Furyk already in the clubhouse after a gimme birdie at the final hole, McIlroy knew what he had to do as he played the final three holes. McIlroy then safely negotiated the water-lined final two holes with tap-in pars to clinch the most prestigious tournament outside the four majors. He used his power to reach the par-five 16th in two shots and a tap-in birdie gave him the lead.

He will head to the Masters next month brimming with confidence. McIlroy needs a victory at Augusta National to complete the grand slam of all four modern majors.