Cape City – Having needed to work actually laborious to
lastly return to the winner’s circle at Sawgrass on Sunday, Rory
McIlroy reckons it was all value it in the long run.
Within the weeks main as much as his Gamers Championship win, McIlroy got here
beneath some intense scrutiny from followers and pundits for his tendency to
play himself into the ultimate group on Sunday solely to fall on the final
The Northern Irishman put himself in that place once more on Sunday,
however this time there was to be no close to miss, as a final-round
two-under-par 70 noticed him declare a one-shot victory over Jim Furyk.
McIlroy confirmed spectacular character down the stretch to bounce again
from a double-bogey on the fourth and a bogey on the 14th, at the same time as
ideas of one other final-round disappointment should have flashed by means of
However he responded like a real champion with birdies on the 15th and
16th and two rock-solid pars on the tough 17th and 18th to seal the
“I feel all of the experiences I’ve had over
the previous few weeks when it comes to making an attempt to win and never getting over the
line positively helped me right this moment,” he stated afterwards.
“Perhaps if I hadn’t have had these experiences, I would not be sitting
up right here with this trophy, so I am grateful and grateful for these
experiences I’ve had this 12 months. Sure, it could have been good to perhaps
get one other win, nevertheless it type of made all of it value it, the truth that this
win has come at this golf event, a event the place Sawgrass and I
did not have the best relationship beginning off, and I am very
grateful to the PGA Tour for placing it again to March. That was very
useful for me. Thanks.
“I am simply actually happy with myself, the way in which I performed the previous few
holes, particularly after bogeying the 14th from the center of the
“The second shot on 15 to arrange that birdie putt was the very best shot
of the day by far. After which how I performed the previous few holes, I birdied
16, stored telling myself on the way in which to the 17th tee, simply make three extra
good swings. That is all it’s essential to do, make a superb swing in right here, two
good swings on the final, and this factor is yours, and to step up and
make these three good swings, it’s totally satisfying realizing that it is in
there when it must be.
“Very proud, very honoured to have the ability to name myself a Gamers
champion, a event I have not gained earlier than, so nice to clearly add
to the CV.”
McIlroy may hardly have requested for a greater lead-up to subsequent month’s
Masters, when he’ll go looking for a profession Grand Slam that has thus
far proved elusive.