Rory McIlroy ended a year-long wait for a victory in style as he emerged from a crowded leaderboard to win The Players Championship at Sawgrass. The four-time major champion, who secured his last win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last March, beat the veteran Jim Furyk by one shot to win the event known as the unofficial fifth major in Florida.
England’s Eddie Pepperell shot a brilliant closing round of 66 to share third place as Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood and Jon Rahm all flirted with the top of the leaderboard before fading away in a fascinating final round. McIlroy had arrived in Florida in fine form, having finished sixth or better on each of his last five starts.
Back-to-back scores of 70 over the weekend were enough to confirm his win after he opened with rounds of 67 and 65. The Northern Irishman is now the firm favourite to win next month’s Masters, at best odds of 8/1* with Bet365.
If he can get his hands on the Green Jacket at Augusta it will complete a career Grand Slam, although it would be his first victory at a major in five years.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|