Rory McIlroy Secures Victory at Wells Fargo Championships

Rory McIlroy delivers a stunning performance, clinching victory at the Wells Fargo Championships with a five-shot lead. Check out the full story below.

Rory McIlroy turned around a two-shot disadvantage as he played his final 11 holes in six-under to clinch victory at the Wells Fargo Championships with an impressive five-shot lead, despite a double bogey on his last hole.

The 35-year-old golfer from Northern Ireland delivered a remarkable display of golf, scoring two eagles and four birdies over an eight-hole stretch from Hole No. 8, securing his second triumph of the season. Earlier, he won the Hero Dubai Desert Classic on the DP World Tour and secured a third-place finish at the Texas Open.

Korea’s Byeong Hun An (66) secured third place at 9 under, while Jason Day (70) and Sungjae Im shared fourth place at 6 under.

Indian-Americans Sahith Theegala (72), finishing at 8-over, claimed T-52, while Akshay Bhatia (74) finished 5-over, securing 42nd place. Both are set to participate in the PGA Championships at Valhalla next.

McIlroy’s victory at the Wells Fargo marked his fourth win in the event, a record no other player has achieved more than twice. It was also his second consecutive PGA Tour victory following his partnership with Shane Lowry to win the Zurich Classic two weeks prior in New Orleans, marking his 26th PGA Tour win.

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His back-to-back victories should provide McIlroy with ideal momentum as he heads to Kentucky for the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, where he claimed his last major victory a decade ago.

“I’ve gained a lot of confidence,” McIlroy stated. “My golf swing feels much more comfortable now. So, heading to a venue next week where I’ve had success, it feels like things are falling into place. But I still have a lot of golf to play and many great players to compete against next week. I’m entering the next major of the year feeling really good about my game.”

McIlroy has often expressed his fondness for Quail Hollow, considering it one of his favorite courses due to its suitability for his long drives. However, it was his putting skills that secured him his 26th PGA TOUR title on Sunday, needing only 25 putts and sinking five putts longer than 10 feet.

Schauffele finished second for the second consecutive year, extending his winless streak to 39 tournaments, dating back to 2022, despite holding a four-shot lead after 36 holes.

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An’s strong performance sets him up well for the upcoming PGA Championship, the second major of the year. The 32-year-old golfer from Korea registered an impressive seven birdies against two bogeys at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, posting his career-best score in the US$20 million tournament, despite finishing eight shots behind the runaway winner, Rory McIlroy.

This marked An’s fifth top-10 finish of the season, following his T4 in The CJ Cup Byron Nelson the previous weekend.

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An is also a strong contender for qualification in the Paris Olympic Games in August and a spot on the International Team for the Presidents Cup against the U.S. in September.

As An secured third place, his Korean compatriot Sungjae Im, who started the final round four shots behind the leader, faced a challenging front nine, finishing with a 39, before salvaging his round with birdies on 11 and 12 to finish tied for fourth alongside Australian Jason Day. This marked his second top-10 finish of the season after a tied fifth at the season-opening The Sentry in Hawaii, elevating him to 27th place in the FedExCup rankings.

Si Woo Kim closed with a 70 for a share of 16th place, while Tom Kim finished with a 76, settling for T47.