Rory McIlroy Claims 20th PGA Tour Title At CJ Cup

Rory McIlroy Claims 20th PGA Tour Title At CJ Cup

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The 32-year-old produced a final round 66 to claim the 20th PGA Tour title of his career.

Rory McIlroy Claims 20th PGA Tour Title At CJ Cup

In a phenomenal final round display, it was Rory McIlroy who came out on top, with the 32-year-old becoming the 39th player in PGA Tour history to reach 20 PGA Tour wins.

It was a putting masterclass from McIlroy over the final round in Vegas, with the Northern Irishman holing a number of crucial putts on the back nine to secure a one shot victory.

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McIlroy reacts to his putt on the 14th green. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

"To get to 20 wins is a big achievement," said McIlroy, "I didn't know if it was going to be this week, but I knew if I kept my head down and kept playing well eventually I would get there.

"I've been close to starting my season with a win before. I think I've finished second or third about eight times, so to get a win feels really good."

Having started the day two shots back of overnight leader Rickie Fowler, McIlroy started brightly, with four birdies and a bogey on the front nine putting him three-under for the day.

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Fowler was in search of his first PGA Tour title since 2019. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Despite the solid start, a number of players were making big moves at The Summit, with Open champion Collin Morikawa eight-under-par through 11 holes a particular stand out.

But McIlroy wouldn't buckle, with a birdie at the 12th being followed by a stunning eagle putt at the 14th to move to 25-under-par and a three-shot lead.

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With Morikawa's early momentum beginning to stall, he did manage to apply some pressure, with the American making an eagle at the very last hole to set a 24-under clubhouse target.

As Morikawa waited, McIlroy produced solid pars at the 15th, 16th and 17th, before a conservative approach at the last led to yet another par for a one shot victory.

After an emotional interview following the Ryder Cup, McIlroy revealed there had been "a lot of reflection over the last few weeks."

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McIlroy's first PGA Tour win came at the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship. (Photo by Chris Keane/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

"I was really disappointed with how I played," said the 32-year-old, "I actually get more emotional thinking about that than I do thinking about this. There was a lot of reflection, but this is what I needed to do.

"I need to play golf, I need to simplify it and just be me. I think for the last few months I've been trying to be someone else and I realised that being me is enough and being me, I can do things like this."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x