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McIlroy top of the world at Match Play Championship
SAN FRANCISCO — Rory McIlroy didn’t need another comeback to win the Match Play Championship.
Three times in the last three days, McIlroy had to rally from a late deficit to reach the championship match Sunday at TPC Harding Park. He removed any suspense by winning four straight holes against an errant Gary Woodland and never looked back.
Woodland conceded the 16th hole, and McIlroy captured his second World Golf Championship with a 4-and-2 victory.
Three weeks after Jordan Spieth won the Masters and emerged as the most likely rival, McIlroy reminded the world of his No. 1 ranking.
“I’m really proud of myself with how I showed a lot of character early on with coming back from deficits,” McIlroy said. “I played really solid golf. My second WGC and first win in the States this year. I couldn’t be happier.”
It was the first time since Tiger Woods in 2008 that the No. 1 seed won golf’s most unpredictable tournament. Woods did it two other times, and it was never easy.
That was the case for McIlroy until the final, and even then, he had a few nervous moments on the back nine.
McIlroy was 4 up after matching birdies with Woodland on the 10th hole when he began making mistakes — a poor bunker shot on No. 11, a wild tee shot on No. 12, an different chip from the left side of the 13th green.
Woodland had a 4-foot par putt on the 13th to cut the lead to 1 up with plenty of golf course left. He never looked comfortable and ran it over the right edge, and momentum shifted squarely back to McIlroy.
He won the 14th with a par when Woodland left a long birdie attempted woefully short. And he closed out the match when Woodland blasted out of a bunker and over the 16th green, missing the next shot and removing his cap.
Inbee Park won the LPGA Tour’s North Texas Shootout for the second time in three years, closing with a bogey-free 6-under 65 for a three stroke victory in Irving, Texas.
Park finished at 15-under 269 at Las Colinas for her second victory this year and 14th on the tour. The 26-year-old South Korean player, the HSBC Women’s Champions winner in March in Singapore, earned $195,000 to push her career total to nearly $10.8 million.
Lexi Thompson, who shared the third-round lead with Park, closed with a 69 to tie for fourth with Maria McBride (65) at 11 under.
Ian Woosnam made a 30-foot birdie putt in a playoff to win the Insperity Invitational for his first Champions Tour title in The Woodlands, Texas.
Woosnam, the 57-year- old Welshman playing on a sponsor exemption, beat Kenny Perry and Tom Lehman on the first extra hole at The Woodlands Country Club. The 1991 Masters champion was making his 36th start on the 50-and-over tour.