Rory McIlroy wins BMW PGA Championship in style –

Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014

Rory McIlroy closed hard at Wentworth for his first victory since 2012. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy closed hard at Wentworth for his first victory since 2012. (Getty Images)

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A top-10 golfer dressed partly in red just shut down a tournament with some incredible golfers chasing just behind him.

Tiger Woods?

Nope, the man to whom he will likely bequeath his scepter as golf’s king — Rory McIlroy is his name — shot a 32 on the back nine at the BMW PGA Championship (the European Tour’s flagship event) to win by one over Shane Lowry and two over Thomas Bjorn and Luke Donald.

McIlroy birdied the final two holes and gave an assured fist pump on the last as Lowry, Donald and Bjorn finished up just short behind him.

The seven-stroke deficit McIlroy faced to start the day ties the largest ever overcome at this tournament.

“It’s been 18 months since I won on the European Tour and to win the flagship event, I could not have asked for any more,” an elated McIlroy said after his round.

“I knew coming in here I was playing well. I struggled a little on Friday but played great over the weekend. I was a little fortunate that some of the guys ahead of me made mistakes and I took advantage of it.”

McIlroy is not the long pull on a fine whiskey that Adam Scott is. Nor is he the Chosen One that Tiger Woods always was. What he is is a ball of fury who thrills and dazzles and sometimes crashes and burns.

But never disappoints.

He said so himself after his win.

“It’s a roller coaster. I’m not exactly sure how I’m feeling right now, to be honest.”

This is a floodgates win for the kid from Northern Ireland. It’s his sixth European Tour triumph and first since, you know, he broke things off with that tennis gal.

“Everything just sort of fell my way today,” he said.

Don’t be fooled by that narrative, though. This win was in the works for a while. McIlroy has been a walking top 10 this season. Six of seven in stroke-play PGA Tour events. Four of five now in European Tour events.

He falls out of bed and into the top 10.

This was not a Caroline Wozniacki problem. It was a golf problem. In that golf is very hard and shutting tournaments — especially the quality of tournaments McIlroy plays — is very, very difficult.

He hadn’t won on either tour, as he noted, since the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai at the end of 2012 (18 months ago to the day). But now that the hurdle has been cleared, the world is his once again.

You’re on notice, Pinehurst.

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