The CJ Cup @ Summit R4

Rory McIlroy wins 20th PGA Tour title

CJ Cup 2021 R4
October 14-17
The Summit Club, Las Vegas, Nevada
$9,750,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

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Rory McIlroy seized the lead with a 35-foot eagle putt at the 14th and held on to it to win his twentieth PGA Tour title at the CJ Cup @ Summit.


CJ Cup 2021 R4

“It’s quite an achievement. I still need a couple more years on Tour to get that lifetime exemption, but at least I’ve got the wins. I was asked that question at the start of the week and it is a pretty big carrot. I think to get to 20 wins out here is a big achievement. Yeah, I mean, I didn’t know if it was going to be this week, but I knew if I just kept my head down and kept playing well and doing the right things, eventually I’d get there. I’ve been close to starting my season with a win before, I think I finished second or third like eight times, so to get a win, yeah, it’s great. It feels really good, some validation of what I’ve done the last few weeks and just keep moving forward.”

The Northern Irishman is the 39th player to win at least twenty times on Tour and has now won at least once for five consecutive seasons.


CJ Cup 2021 R4

McIlroy started the day at 19-under, two shots behind overnight leader Rickie Fowler, and produced the eagle, five birdies and a single bogey to close with a 66 and finish at 25-under with a total of 263.

“It’s one of those days you know you’re going to get chances, you know you ‘re going to have birdie putts, maybe a couple eagle looks on the par-5s, and it’s just a day to stay patient.”


CJ Cup 2021 R4

“I played really well this week, highlighted by the 10-under yesterday, but to follow that up with a really solid round today. I made one bogey today on the par-4 fourth hole, just actually wasn’t a bad putt. I three-putted, but the second putt, it was more of a misread than a bad putt. Apart from that, just played really solid golf, just kept giving myself birdie looks and thankfully made enough of t hem to get the job done.”

The major threat to his victory came from American Collin Morikawa who started the day in a tie for 14th at 14-under and made the turn in 29 having shot seven birdies, he made one more at the 11th before closing with an eagle at the par-5 18th for a 62 to finish second second at 24-under.


CJ Cup 2021 R4

“I knew I needed a good start,” said Morikawa. “After my second shot on 1, I left it like 20 feet short, so not the chip shot I wanted, but made the putt. Just kind of built momentum. I felt really good over the putter and that’s kind of some of those days where you’re going to hit it good, putt it good and be able to make a few birdies.

“The back nine didn’t go as planned. I think if I had a half foot of more speed on a lot of putts on that back nine we could have had a few more birdies, but you know what, an eagle at my home course, Summit, it’s been an awesome four days to start the season and just look forward to the rest of the season.”


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CJ Cup 2021 R4

Fowler (71) and fellow American Keith Mitchell (67) finished third at 22-under followed by a group of four players in fifth place at 21-under.

“I just had a couple swings that got me out of position,” said Fowler. ” One, I had to take an unplayable lie, which I was really just trying to hit it up the left part of the green there, just got a touch left of my line. And then a couple three-putts. Struggled a bit on the greens just with feel and speed. So really, all in all, you factor that in, miss a couple opportunities coming down the last couple, we’re only three shots back of Rory. So a lot of good stuff. Obviously disappointed, but this is a big step in the right direction with where we’ve been in the last two years.

“It felt good to finally hit the golf ball properly, at least most of the time, for 72 holes. A lot of quality shots, a lot of good swings this week. Drove the ball well, which set me up to play golf a round this place. That’s the first key is, one, staying out of the desert and driving it in the fairway. We did a really good job.”


CJ Cup 2021 R4

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Rory McIlroy
-25
68
67
62
66
263
2
Collin Morikawa
-24
67
70
65
62
264
T3
Keith Mitchell
-22
62
64
73
67
266
T3
Rickie Fowler
-22
66
66
63
71
266
T5
Talor Gooch
-21
67
68
70
62
267
T5
Sam Burns
-21
67
68
66
66
267
T5
Aaron Wise
-21
66
67
68
66
267
T5
Adam Scott
-21
68
63
67
69
267
T9
Sungjae Im
-20
68
69
67
64
268
T9
Gary Woodland
-20
68
69
66
65
268
T9
Harry Higgs
-20
64
67
70
67
268
T9
Cameron Smith
-20
66
67
67
68
268
T9
Robert Streb
-20
61
72
65
70
268
T14
Webb Simpson
-19
69
69
66
65
269
T14
Jhonattan Vegas
-19
66
69
68
66
269
T14
Chris Kirk
-19
68
67
68
66
269
T14
Abraham Ancer
-19
70
65
63
71
269
T18
Emiliano Grillo
-18
72
68
69
61
270
T18
Xander Schauffele
-18
69
69
69
63
270
T18
Justin Thomas
-18
69
67
70
64
270
T18
Jordan Spieth
-18
66
65
72
67
270
T18
Viktor Hovland
-18
65
68
70
67
270
T18
Ian Poulter
-18
66
67
67
70
270
T18
Tyrrell Hatton
-18
67
65
67
71
270
T25
Sergio Garcia
-17
65
70
69
67
271
T25
K.H. Lee
-17
67
72
66
66
271
T25
Paul Casey
-17
68
65
70
68
271
T25
Mackenzie Hughes
-17
71
62
70
68
271
T25
Carlos Ortiz
-17
71
65
67
68
271
T25
Russell Henley
-17
68
69
65
69
271
T25
Erik van Rooyen
-17
67
66
68
70
271
T32
Tom Hoge
-16
71
68
68
65
272
T32
Keegan Bradley
-16
70
66
69
67
272
T32
Seonghyeon Kim
-16
68
63
72
69
272
T32
Hudson Swafford
-16
65
69
69
69
272
T32
Sung Kang
-16
71
64
67
70
272
T32
Harold Varner III
-16
67
70
66
69
272
T38
Marc Leishman
-15
70
69
70
64
273
T38
Scottie Scheffler
-15
66
71
71
65
273
T38
Louis Oosthuizen
-15
70
71
65
67
273
T38
Matt Jones
-15
70
69
66
68
273
T38
Brooks Koepka
-15
67
70
68
68
273
T38
Tommy Fleetwood
-15
68
72
64
69
273
T38
Maverick McNealy
-15
69
65
69
70
273
T45
Tony Finau
-14
68
71
70
65
274
T45
Dustin Johnson
-14
74
66
67
67
274
T45
Lucas Glover
-14
69
70
65
70
274
T45
Joaquin Niemann
-14
67
69
67
71
274
T49
Joohyung Kim
-13
68
73
68
66
275
T49
Sebastián Muñoz
-13
69
67
71
68
275
T49
Kevin Streelman
-13
75
70
63
67
275
T49
Kevin Na
-13
68
66
72
69
275
T49
Stewart Cink
-13
69
68
67
71
275
T54
Shane Lowry
-12
73
70
69
64
276
T54
Jason Kokrak
-12
77
66
65
68
276
T54
Kevin Kisner
-12
70
68
68
70
276
T57
Justin Rose
-11
75
65
69
68
277
T57
Minkyu Kim
-11
69
66
70
72
277
T59
Hideki Matsuyama
-10
66
70
74
68
278
T59
Cameron Tringale
-10
71
70
69
68
278
T59
Alex Noren
-10
72
69
67
70
278
T59
Byeong Hun An
-10
70
70
68
70
278
63
Rasmus Hojgaard
-9
69
71
69
70
279
T64
Jason Day
-8
73
70
72
65
280
T64
Cam Davis
-8
68
69
74
69
280
T64
Patton Kizzire
-8
71
71
70
68
280
T64
Sanghun Shin
-8
71
70
69
70
280
T68
Branden Grace
-7
72
72
71
66
281
T68
Patrick Reed
-7
71
66
73
71
281
T68
Jaekyeong Lee
-7
69
71
71
70
281
T68
Charley Hoffman
-7
72
70
68
71
281
T72
Yoseop Seo
-6
74
70
70
68
282
T72
Brian Harman
-6
67
69
73
73
282
T72
Max Homa
-6
67
70
70
75
282
75
Hanbyeol Kim
-4
74
69
71
70
284
76
Si Woo Kim
E
71
69
71
77
288
77
Charl Schwartzel
+7
72
72
76
75
295
WD
Harris English
E
73
68
68
32
241
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