Winner’s Circle: Rory McIlroy Claims First PLAYERS Title

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy poses with the trophy after winning The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass Stadium on Mar 17, 2019 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy shot a final-day 70 to reach 16-under par and claim a one-shot victory over Jim Furyk at the PLAYERS Championship.

McIlroy, who entered the day one off the pace of 54-hole leader Jon Rahm, got off to a rough start at an overcast and windy TPC Sawgrass, making double-bogey on No. 4 and bogey on No. 7, en route to a front-nine 37.

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy poses with the trophy after winning The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass Stadium on Mar 17, 2019 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The 29-year old Northern Irishman settled down, though, and finished his final nine holes with four birdies, including back-to-back gains on Nos. 15 and 16, to clinch his first career PLAYERS title.

The win was McIlroy’s first of the season, and 15th of his illustrious PGA Tour career.


PRO-FILE

Nationality: Northern Ireland
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 165 lb
Birthdate: May 4, 1989 (age 29)
Native: Holywood, County Down, N.I.
Resides: Pam Beach Gardens, FL
Primary Sponsor: Nike
Equipment: Taylormade


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ROUND-BY-ROUND

Pos-Player-Score (Rd Score)

ROUND 1
1. Tommy Fleetwood -7
2. Keegan Bradley -7
5. Rory McIlroy -5

ROUND 2
1. Rory McIlroy -12 (-7)
1. Tommy Fleetwood -12 (-5)
3. Jim Furyk -9 (-8)

ROUND 3
1. Jon Rahm -15 (-8)
2. Tommy Fleetwood -14 (-2)
2. Rory McIlroy -14 (-2)

FINAL ROUND
1. Rory McIlroy -16 (-2)
2. Jim Furyk -15 (-5)
3. Eddie Pepperell -14 (-6)
3. Jhonattan Vegas -14 (-6)
5. Dustin Johnson -13 (-3)
5. Brandt Snedeker -13 (-3)
5. Tommy Fleetwood -13 (+1)


RORY McILROY’S STATS

Driving: 305.0 yards (5th)
Fairways: 33/56, 58.9% (49th)
Greens: 58/72, 80.6% (3rd)
Putts: 1.678 (9th)
Scoring: 1 Eagle, 21 Birdies, 44 Pars, 5 Bogeys, 1 Double


RORY’S 2019 PGA TOUR SEASON

Starts: 7
Cuts Made: 7
Wins: 1 (The PLAYERS)
Top 10s: 5
Money: $4,580,008 (1st)
Points: 1,198 (1st)
World Rank: 5th


CAREER VICTORIES

PGA Tour: 15
2019 PLAYERS Championship
2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational
2016 Tour Championship
2016 Deutsche Bank Championship (2)
2015 Wells Fargo Championship (2)
2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play
2014 PGA Championship (2)
2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
2014 The Open Championship
2012 BMW Championship
2012 Deutsche Bank Championship
2012 PGA Championship
2012 The Honda Classic
2011 U.S. Open
2010 Quail Hollow Championship

European Tour: 6
2018 Open Championship
2018 BMW PGA Championship
2016 Italian Open
2012 Open de Espana
2010 WGC-HSBC Champions
2006 Telecom Italia Open


RORY’S FINAL-ROUND HIGHLIGHTS

Credit: PGA TOUR Media


MONEY EARNED

The victory earned McIlroy $2,250,000 and 600 FedExCup points to move from 11th to 1st in the PGA Tour’s points standings.


WORLD RANKING

McIlroy received 80 OWGR points for the win, and is projected to move from 6th to 5th in the Official World Golf Rankings.


QUOTABLE

“This has been the best start of my career. I think all those chances (five top-6s) helped me focus, helped me stay in the moment – it gave me confidence down the stretch. I’m excited about the season ahead.”
– Rory McIlroy

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