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Rory McIlroy shares cool note after winning at Quail Hollow

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Rory McIlroy notched his first win on the PGA Tour since 2019 when he held off Abraham Ancer at the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday. You could tell the victory meant a lot to him when he was interviewed after the final round, and McIlroy reiterated that on social media.

McIlroy’s win was the third of his career at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. His first, in 2010, was the first PGA Tour victory of his career. The 32-year-old reflected on that in a tweet after the tournament.

After McIlroy sunk his final putt, he threw his ball into the gallery the same way he did with his previous two victories at Quail Hollow.

Fans were happy to see McIlroy break his 18-month slump. They made that clear with the loud chants they had for Rory on the 18th green (video here). Time will tell if the win can jumpstart his career again.

Video: Rory McIlroy receives chants from fans after winning Wells Fargo

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Rory McIlroy won for the first time in over 18 months and was feeling the love from the fans.

McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in North Carolina on Sunday. He shot 3 under in the final round and 10 under for the tournament to win it. It was his third time winning the tournament.

There were big roars as soon as McIlroy made the putt to win the tournament.

In his interview after winning the event, McIlroy acknowledged the importance of the fans. He said he feeds off the crowd and needs their presence at events. McIlroy also expressed his fondness for Charlotte, largely due to his success at Quail Hollow, where he recorded his first career PGA Tour victory.

McIlroy called it “one of my favorite places in the world.” The fans reciprocated.

Prior to Sunday, McIlroy’s last win came in Nov. 2019.

Video: Rory McIlroy hit his dad with an errant shot at the Masters

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Rory McIlroy struggled during the first round of the Masters on Thursday, and the four-time major champion’s father felt his pain — literally.

McIlroy pulled his tee shot left on the 7th hole and ended up with a difficult angle into the green. He tried to move the ball right to left with his approach shot, but he was unsuccessful and hit a spectator in the leg. The patron was his own father.

The shot was later shown on ESPN with audio of McIlroy’s exchange with his caddie. McIlroy’s caddie asked if the ball hit Rory’s dad, and McIlroy said that it did.

McIlroy ended up making a bogey — his third in a row — on the hole. For someone who will always have his infamous Masters meltdown in the back of his mind, hitting your dad with an errant shot can’t feel like the best omen.

Rory McIlroy admits he was thrown off by Bryson DeChambeau effect

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Bryson DeChambeau has changed the way many people view golf with his continued success on the PGA Tour, and that is even having an influence on some of his peers. In Rory McIlroy’s case, it may have become a hinderance.

McIlroy missed the cut at The Players Championship last week. He shot 79 in the opening round on Thursday followed by 75 on Friday. The four-time major champion has spent time over the last several months trying to up his swing speed and emulate DeChambeau’s game, and he says that is part of his problem.

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t anything to do with what Bryson did at the U.S. Open,” McIlroy said after missing the cut at TPC Sawgrass, via Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard. “I think a lot of people saw that and were like, whoa, if this is the way they’re going to set golf courses up in the future, it helps. It really helps.”

PGA courses are getting longer and longer to account for club technology and the strength of players. Nobody on the Tour swings harder or hits it further than DeChambeau, and that playing style helped him torch the field at the U.S. Open last year. He finished tied for third at The Players Championship and has continued to play well.

DeChambeau said he is flattered by McIlroy trying to emulate his game, even if McIlroy thinks his swing has suffered a bit because of it.

“I knew that there would be some people that would try and some people it would potentially not work for them and some people it may help them,” DeChambeau said. “I do appreciate Rory’s comments, it’s kind of a sentiment almost and something that keeps me going every day.”

McIlroy has added about 3 mph to his swing since October. He says he would like to maintain that speed while getting away from the long, flat swing that has been contributing to his struggles.

There has been some speculation that DeChambeau has helped his game in some unethical ways, but there is no proof of that. Between his insanely fast swing and bag of irons that are all the same length, the 27-year-old will continue to revolutionize the game if he keeps winning. McIlroy isn’t the only one who has taken a page out of DeChambeau’s book, and there will certainly be others.

Rory McIlroy clarifies he is not looking to change caddies or coach

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Rory McIlroy clarified this week that he is not looking to change coaches or caddies, as some had speculated.

McIlroy started off the Arnold Palmer Invitational well last week with a 66 in the first round. But then his play was uneven thereafter, and he finished tied for 10th after shooting a 76 on the final day.

“I need something, I need a spark – I need something and I just don’t seem to have it,” McIlroy said after the tournament. “Some stuff that I don’t know how to describe, but just a little dejected or maybe looking to go in a different direction.”

When McIlroy said he was looking to go in a different direction, some thought a big change was coming. But a more levelheaded McIlroy said Tuesday that he was just really frustrated after Sunday’s bad round. He clarified what he meant.

“Swing-wise, I think there’s some things that I’m working on that haven’t quite embedded or I’m struggling to grasp what I’m trying to do, so that’s sort of what I meant, talking about going in a different direction.

“Just sort of maybe trying something different or thinking about another way to do it, I guess. More so I was coming from that point of view.”

McIlroy did finish tied for 10th despite his complaints, so he shouldn’t be too down. It’s not like he just fell out of the top 100 or is in danger of not qualifying for the Masters. He’ll have a chance to get things sorted out this week at THE PLAYERS Championship.

Rory McIlroy calls course ‘tricky’ after missing first cut since 2019

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Rory McIlroy was one of several big names who missed the cut at The Genesis Invitational, and he talked about what went wrong.

The 31-year-old golfer shot a 73 in the first round at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif. He followed that up with a 76 in the second round on Friday and finished tied for 78th at 7-over par.

The poor showing snapped a PGA Tour-leading streak of 25 straight events where McIlroy had made the cut. Xander Schauffele is now the active cut streak leader at 22.

“It’s tricky,” McIlroy said after his round on Friday. “The wind was up a touch, greens were getting a little firm. I think it was one of those days where it’s just as easy to shoot two or three-under as it is to shoot two or three-over.

“Obviously, there were a couple of good scores out there, but you didn’t have to do too much wrong to sort of be hovering around even par and be on the other side of it.”

One of those good scores belonged to leader Sam Burns. Burns shot a 64 on Thursday and 66 on Friday and leads the event by five strokes at 12 under par.

In addition to McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas also missed the cut. Prior to The Genesis Invitational, the last cut McIlroy had missed came at the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

Explanation for how Rory McIlroy situation was different from Patrick Reed’s

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Patrick Reed was caught up in a controversy at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, Calif. over the weekend, and he dragged Rory McIlroy into it. But McIlroy’s situation is different.

Reed received scrutiny for improving his lie on the 10th hole instead of waiting for a tournament official to weigh in on his ball off to the left of the cart path. Reed believed his was embedded and removed it from the ground.

After his round, Reed’s Twitter account defended the golfer’s actions by saying McIlroy had done the same thing on the 18th hole. But there is actually a difference between the two situations.

McIlroy improved his lie on the 18th hole because he believed his ball had been embedded. Conversely, video showed that Reed’s ball bounced.

McIlroy shared on Wednesday from the Waste Management Phoenix Open that a PGA Tour volunteer disclosed that he stepped on McIlroy’s ball while trying to find it. That means McIlroy’s ball was legitimately embedded, unlike Reed’s.

“The TOUR got an email on Monday from a volunteer saying that he didn’t tell me at the time and he should have, but he stepped on the ball to find it,” McIlroy said. “… I guess at the end of the day I almost took the wrong relief because I should have taken relief for a stepped-on ball, which means you can place it instead of drop it. At the time I didn’t have that information.”

Though McIlroy feels guilty about taking the wrong relief, he feels vindicated knowing his ball did get embedded.

Don’t tell that to the Twitter account defending Reed, though.

Rory McIlroy, wife Erica expecting baby girl

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Rory McIlroy and his wife Erica are expecting a baby girl, the golfer revealed on Saturday.

Golf Channel’s Steve Sands reported on air during the third round of the BMW Championship that McIlroy was awaiting word from his wife, who is due any day.

“She is, yes. We’re about to be parents very soon, so we’re obviously super excited,” McIlroy said after his third round at Olympia Fields, via Golf-Monthly.

McIlroy has kept the news private until this weekend.

“We’ve been sharing the news with friends and family, obviously, but I didn’t think it was something that I really particularly needed to share out here. It’s a private matter, but we’re really excited and can’t wait for her to get here.

“I think from the get-go my mind has been wandering the last few weeks, and now you guys sort of know the reason why.”

The 31-year-old finished tied for 12th at three over par while battling a difficult course at Olympia Fields. He and Erica began dating in 2015, got engaged that year, and were married in 2017. This will be their first child.

Given how private they tried to keep their wedding, it’s no surprise that McIlroy kept this news secret for so long.

Rory McIlroy hits back at Brooks Koepka with defense of Dustin Johnson

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Rory McIlroy went after Brooks Koepka on Sunday in defense of Dustin Johnson.

Koepka entered the final round of the PGA Championship two back of Johnson, who led the field. Koepka said he liked his chances entering the final round because he had more major wins than anyone else high on the leaderboard, including Johnson, who only had won one major.

Koepka also recognized how tough it is to win a second major.

Well, McIlroy didn’t like what he perceived to be a shot at an accomplished player like Johnson, and made his feelings known.

“Sort of hard to knock a guy that’s got 21 wins on the PGA Tour, which is three times what Brooks has,” McIlroy said on Sunday.

Koepka’s comments from Saturday are getting attention — especially among his peers as we can see — but he didn’t seem to be taking a voluntary shot at Johnson or the other players. He seemed to be responding to a question and giving a truthful answer, and that is that he has more experience than some of the other contenders. That is truthful. But when Koepka is actually trolling someone, you can tell.

McIlroy obviously saw things in a different way.

Brooks Koepka trying to chase down Rory McIlroy for world No. 1

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka is aiming to chase down Rory McIlroy for the No. 1 world golf ranking.

Koepka reached No. 1 in the world in October 2018 and held that spot for 47 weeks before losing it. McIlroy is the current No. 1, with Jon Rahm behind him, followed by Koepka. Koepka has his eyes on the spot.

“Yeah, I’ve got eyes on Rory [McIlroy]”, Koepka said Wednesday via Sky Sports. “That’s the goal, to get back to No. 1 in the world. That’s the whole point of playing is to be the best.

“If I do what I’m supposed to do, if I take care of my business, then I don’t see any reason why I couldn’t get back to that.”

Koepka hurt his knee late last year, which caused him to miss three months. The break in the golf season due to the coronavirus was “beneficial” to his health, he says, and allowed him to recover.

The 30-year-old from West Palm Beach, Fla. has burst onto the scene the last three years and dominated. He won the US Open in 2017 and 2018 and the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019. Last year, he finished no lower than tied for fourth in any of the majors.

Both Koepka and McIlroy shot a -2 in the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday, tying them for 39th.