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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.

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