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Rory breaks drought at ‘favourite place’

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RORY Mcilroy shot a 3-under-par 68 to win his first PGA tournament in more than 18 months on Sunday, finishing at 10-under 274 in capturing the Wells Fargo Championsh­ip at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mcilroy finished one shot ahead of Abraham Ancer, who shot a 5-under 66. Mcilroy overtook 54-hold leader Keith Mitchell, who shot 72 and finished tied for third with Viktor Hovland (67) at eight-under-par. Gary Woodland, the 2019 US Open champion, rounded out the top-five at seven-under after carding a 71.

The victory is the first for the Northern Irishman since 2019, marking the second-longest drought of his career. It is his 19th career tournament win and third at the Wells Fargo, which was the site of his first victory back in 2010. Mcilroy entered the day in second place, but birdied No 3 and 7 on his way out, and came back in with birdies on 14 and 15 to gain the upper hand. He was in a comfortabl­e position by the 18th when he carded his only bogey of the day. “It’s never easy. It’s never easy to win out here,” he said. “It’s felt like a long time since that victory in China back in 2019.

“The world is a completely different place than it is today – everyone getting through a pandemic ... life’s changed a lot for me being a dad, winning on Mother’s Day, thinking of Erica (Stoll, his wife), thinking of my mom back home. It just feels awesome.”

In 10 career starts at the Wells Fargo, the 32-year-old Mcilroy has three wins, a share of second, and eight top-10 finishes. | Field Level Media, Reuters

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