US PGA Players Championship - R4

Rory McIlroy battles to victory in Florida

March 14-17
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra, Florida
$12,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Rory McIlroy celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day with a one-shot victory at The Players Championship on Sunday, firing a two-under-par final round 70 to claim his first title of 2019.

The 29-year-old Northern Irishman overcame a shaky start at TPC Sawgrass to card six birdies against two bogeys and a double-bogey to finish one clear of US veteran Jim Furyk on 16 under.

Furyk had surged into contention with a closing 67, a round which included an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys on the challenging Stadium Course layout.

The win earned McIlroy a $2.25 million winner’s cheque and could not have been better timed as he prepares for The Masters at Augusta next month where he is aiming to complete a career grand slam.

It was another battling performance by McIlroy, who was able to regain his composure at several key moments on Sunday to stay in the hunt.

A bogey on the 14th had dropped McIlroy adrift of the lead, but he fought back with birdies on the 15th and 16th to regain a one-shot lead with two to play.

The 29-year-old four-time major winner then finished with two pars to close out and seal his 15th US PGA Tour title.

McIlroy said his experience on the tour this year — where he has posted five top-10 finishes but has been unable to get over the line — had helped him seal victory.

“I think all those experiences I had starting the year helped,” McIlroy said after his win.

“I felt more and more confident each time. I just stayed as patient as I possibly could.

“I hoped that if I just stayed patient enough and waited my turn things would work out and I’m glad they have.”

Furyk meanwhile had faced an agonising wait to see if he had done enough for victory after completing his five-under-par round.

The 48-year-old US Ryder Cup captain produced two birdies in his final three holes to close on 15 under.

The highlight was a magnificent birdie on the 18th, when he drilled his second from the fairway 172 yards to within three feet of the pin for a simple tap-in.

England’s Eddie Pepperell and Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas finished tied for third on 14 under after both closing with 66s.

Pepperell’s round included a sensational, curling 50-foot birdie putt on the island green on the 17th which had given him a fleeting share of the lead.

Vegas managed to outshine Pepperell’s stunning effort on the 17th, rolling in a gargantuan 70-foot putt for birdie.

Vegas and Pepperell finished one clear of Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood and Brandt Snedeker, who shared fifth on 13 under.

But it was a disappointing final round for Spain’s Jon Rahm, who had taken a one-shot lead into Sunday’s fourth round.

Rahm closed with a four-over-par 76 to finish in a tie for 12th place on 11 under, five adrift of McIlroy.


Meanwhile former world number Tiger Woods rounded out his week with a solid three-under-par 69 which left him six under for the tournament.

Woods’ challenge at the Players unravelled during Friday’s second round, when a quadruple bogey seven at the 17th checked his momentum.

“I was close to getting over the hurdle and getting things rolling, and unfortunately I made a seven over at 17 (on Friday),” said Woods.

“I’m excited the way I drove it. I drove the ball well this week,” added Woods, whose next outing will come at the WGC–Dell Technologies Match Play from March 27-31 at Austin, Texas.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-16
67
65
70
70
272
2
Jim Furyk
USA
-15
71
64
71
67
273
T3
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-14
72
68
68
66
274
T3
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-14
72
69
67
66
274
T5
Dustin Johnson
USA
-13
69
68
69
69
275
T5
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-13
69
72
65
69
275
T5
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-13
65
67
70
73
275
T8
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-12
71
72
66
67
276
T8
Justin Rose
ENG
-12
74
66
68
68
276
T8
Brian Harman
USA
-12
66
69
71
70
276
T8
Jason Day
AUS
-12
70
66
68
72
276
T12
Adam Scott
AUS
-11
70
69
68
70
277
T12
Joel Dahmen
USA
-11
69
71
67
70
277
T12
Abraham Ancer
USA
-11
69
66
70
72
277
T12
Jon Rahm
ESP
-11
69
68
64
76
277
T16
Nick Taylor
CAN
-10
73
69
69
67
278
T16
Webb Simpson
USA
-10
70
70
70
68
278
T16
Keegan Bradley
USA
-10
65
73
68
72
278
T16
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-10
71
70
65
72
278
T20
Ryan Moore
USA
-9
67
74
69
69
279
T20
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-9
70
69
69
71
279
T22
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-8
69
70
74
67
280
T22
J. T. Poston
USA
-8
68
69
73
70
280
T22
Tony Finau
USA
-8
69
71
68
72
280
T22
Kevin Kisner
USA
-8
68
68
71
73
280
T26
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-7
70
72
73
66
281
T26
Billy Horschel
USA
-7
69
70
73
69
281
T26
Matt Kuchar
USA
-7
69
70
72
70
281
T26
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-7
66
71
73
71
281
T30
Gary Woodland
USA
-6
72
69
73
68
282
T30
Tiger Woods
USA
-6
70
71
72
69
282
T30
Matt Wallace
ENG
-6
69
73
70
70
282
T30
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-6
70
70
70
72
282
T30
Tom Hoge
USA
-6
69
71
70
72
282
T35
Charles Howell III
USA
-5
69
70
75
69
283
T35
Seamus Power
IRL
-5
74
67
73
69
283
T35
Brice Garnett
USA
-5
71
69
73
70
283
T35
Justin Thomas
USA
-5
71
72
70
70
283
T35
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-5
68
69
74
72
283
T35
Russell Knox
SCO
-5
70
68
73
72
283
T41
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-4
70
69
76
69
284
T41
Martin Trainer
USA
-4
73
69
72
70
284
T41
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-4
70
71
72
71
284
T41
Denny McCarthy
USA
-4
69
72
72
71
284
T41
Corey Conners
CAN
-4
72
70
68
74
284
T41
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-4
67
70
71
76
284
T47
Bud Cauley
USA
-3
69
70
76
70
285
T47
Jason Kokrak
USA
-3
73
68
74
70
285
T47
Andrew Landry
USA
-3
73
68
73
71
285
T47
Kelly Kraft
USA
-3
73
70
71
71
285
T47
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-3
73
66
74
72
285
T47
Keith Mitchell
USA
-3
71
65
75
74
285
T47
Richy Werenski
USA
-3
72
71
68
74
285
T47
Rickie Fowler
USA
-3
74
67
68
76
285
T47
Patrick Reed
USA
-3
69
69
69
78
285
T56
Brooks Koepka
USA
-2
72
71
73
70
286
T56
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-2
73
70
73
70
286
T56
Cameron Smith
AUS
-2
72
70
73
71
286
T56
Chris Kirk
USA
-2
74
69
72
71
286
T56
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-2
72
70
72
72
286
T56
Scott Piercy
USA
-2
74
68
72
72
286
T56
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-2
73
68
72
73
286
T56
Bubba Watson
USA
-2
72
71
70
73
286
T56
Luke List
USA
-2
69
68
75
74
286
T56
Brian Gay
USA
-2
76
67
68
75
286
T56
Ian Poulter
ENG
-2
69
66
75
76
286
T67
Scott Langley
USA
-1
69
72
75
71
287
T67
Jimmy Walker
USA
-1
75
68
73
71
287
T67
Daniel Berger
USA
-1
75
68
70
74
287
70
Michael Thompson
USA
Par
69
71
72
76
288
71
Martin Kaymer
GER
3
71
69
73
78
291
T72
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
4
72
70
74
76
292
T72
Branden Grace
RSA
4
73
70
72
77
292
CUT
Beau Hossler
USA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
Par
68
76
144
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Kevin Streelman
USA
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
Par
68
76
144
CUT
Marc Leishman
AUS
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Scott Stallings
USA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Trey Mullinax
USA
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Troy Merritt
USA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Xander Schauffele
USA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Aaron Wise
USA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Chez Reavie
USA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Henrik Stenson
SWE
1
75
70
145
CUT
J. B. Holmes
USA
1
73
72
145
CUT
Jordan Spieth
USA
1
76
69
145
CUT
Nick Watney
USA
1
70
75
145
CUT
Russell Henley
USA
1
73
72
145
CUT
Ryan Palmer
USA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Sam Ryder
USA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Alex Cejka
GER
2
73
73
146
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
2
70
76
146
CUT
Brian Stuard
USA
2
75
71
146
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
2
76
70
146
CUT
Harris English
USA
2
70
76
146
CUT
Martin Laird
SCO
2
76
70
146
CUT
Patrick Cantlay
USA
2
75
71
146
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
2
72
74
146
CUT
Ryan Blaum
USA
2
71
75
146
CUT
Austin Cook
USA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Peter Uihlein
USA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Shane Lowry
IRL
3
73
74
147
CUT
Stewart Cink
USA
3
77
70
147
CUT
Talor Gooch
USA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
4
75
73
148
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
4
75
73
148
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
4
76
72
148
CUT
Lucas Glover
USA
4
76
72
148
CUT
Phil Mickelson
USA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Sam Saunders
USA
4
75
73
148
CUT
Scott Brown
USA
4
75
73
148
CUT
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
5
73
76
149
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
5
75
74
149
CUT
Vijay Singh
FIJ
5
73
76
149
CUT
Brandon Harkins
USA
6
69
81
150
CUT
Grayson Murray
USA
6
72
78
150
CUT
Harold Varner III
USA
6
74
76
150
CUT
John Huh
USA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
6
74
76
150
CUT
Zach Johnson
USA
6
73
77
150
CUT
Adam Hadwin
CAN
7
76
75
151
CUT
Andrew Putnam
USA
7
76
75
151
CUT
Charley Hoffman
USA
8
75
77
152
CUT
Danny Lee
NZL
8
75
77
152
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
8
74
78
152
CUT
Paul Casey
ENG
8
78
74
152
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
9
84
69
153
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
9
77
76
153
DSQ
Wyndham Clark
USA
Par
80
80
MDF
Anirban Lahiri
IND
1
70
71
76
217
MDF
Jason Dufner
USA
1
70
73
74
217
MDF
Tyler Duncan
USA
1
70
71
76
217
MDF
Patrick Rodgers
USA
2
72
70
76
218
MDF
Kevin Na
USA
3
71
70
78
219
MDF
Adam Long
USA
4
71
72
77
220
MDF
Patton Kizzire
USA
4
71
70
79
220
RET
Cameron Champ
USA
Par
78
78
RET
J. J. Spaun
USA
Par
76
76
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