How Social Media Reacted To Rory McIlroy's Win

Rory McIlroy was a popular winner at Bay Hill

How Social Media Reacted To Rory McIlroy's Win

Arnold Palmer Invitational winner Rory McIlroy was a popular champion to say the least...

How Social Media Reacted To Rory McIlroy's Win

Rory McIlroy won his first title since September 2016 and, needless to say, he was a popular winner.

The four-time major winner won the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a stunning 64 on Sunday which included 8 birdies and zero bogeys.

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He won by a margin of three strokes at Bay Hill.

“For me to get my next win here is, it means a lot,” McIlroy said.

“I wish he would have been at the top of the hill to shake my hand when I came off the 18th green there,” he continued, “but hopefully he's proud of me with the way I played that back nine and tried to be as aggressive as I could and tried to take on shots when I needed to, just like he would have.”

The likes of Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player congratulated the Ulsterman, with the Golden Bear posting a heartfelt message to McIlroy.

Nicklaus wrote, 'Arnold Palmer would've been very proud and loved to greet you on 18':

Woods, who finished in a tie for fifth, congratulated McIlroy and said "Arnie would have been proud of golf today":

Just Rose ended in third place for his 13th top 10 finish in his last 15 starts. He also congratulated the champion:

2017 USPGA Champion Justin Thomas enjoyed Rory's putting:

Whilst Gary Player pleaded with McIlroy to never stop working out!

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Here are some more tweets from those inside out outside of the golfing world reacting to Rory McIlroy's stunning victory:

Last month's Qatar Masters champion Eddie Pepperell suggested that McIlroy's win was further evidence of Europe's ball striking prowess.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV