Rory McIlroy Wins The Players - Takes Over Fedex Cup Standings PDF Print E-mail


Rory McIlroy shows off the new Players trophy after winning at TPC Sawgrass



Ponte Vedra, Florida - Rory McIlroy waited 12 months to reach the winner's

circle again, and he did so in a big way on a big stage at TPC Sawgrass,

capturing the Players Championship after rounds of 67-65-70-70 (-16).


A new March date on the schedule, and a freshly overseeded Dye Stadium

course was the topic of discussion early in the week, but at its thrilling

conclusion the storyline shifted to McIlroy and the resurgent 48 year-old

Jim Furyk. The 2018 USA Ryder Cup captain (and Ponte Vedra resident)

birdied 2 of the last 3 - including the brutish par 4 finisher to post a final

round 67 for a 15 under par - 273 total in the clubhouse. But it was the

Ulsterman on St.Patrick's Day that overcame an early round disaster -

making double-bogey 6 at the short par 4 fourth. Rory closed strong, firing

a back nine 33 that included birdies on the 11th, 12th, 15th and 16th - to

defeat the finest field in professional golf.


McIlroy began the final round tied with Tommy Fleetwood at 14 under par,

a shot behind 54 hole leader Jon Rahm (after his third round 64). While Furyk,

Eddie Pepperell and Jhonattan Vegas were lighting up the inward nine, Rahm

was crash and burning his way through the last 8 holes on the stadium course,

he finished tied for 12th after a final round 76. Fleetwood also struggled on

Sunday with a final round 73 and a tie for 5th (-13).


"I played some really good golf down the stretch, so I think all of those

experiences over the past few weeks definitely helped me out there today,"

McIlroy said. "Up 18, I picked my target and said to myself " 'look, it's just

one good swing, you've made plenty of good swings today, you just need

one more' - As soon as I made contact I knew it was right up the middle."


"It's the toughest tournament to win, it has the deepest field on one of the

most iconic courses in the world," Rory said. "There's some unbelievable

names on this trophy, I'm very honored to put my name on it."


The win was McIlroy's 15th career victory on the PGA Tour. He joins Jack

Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win four majors and The

Players before age 30.


In his last six PGA Tour events, Rory McIlroy's finishes of 4th, 5th, 4th,

2nd, 6th and now 1st vaults him to the top of the Fedex Cup standings.