Rory McIlroy To Return At Wells Fargo Championship

Rory McIlroy To Return At Wells Fargo Championship

Rory McIlroy Return Wells Fargo
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Rory McIlroy will feature in a star studded field, as the Northern Irishman makes his return to tournament golf at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Rory McIlroy To Return At Wells Fargo Championship

McIlroy, who hasn't featured in a tournament since the Masters (opens in new tab) at the start of April, confirmed on his Twitter that he will be making his return at the Wells Fargo Championship, the scene of where he claimed his first PGA Tour title and a tournament he has won twice.

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The Northern Irishman will be one of the main headliners at the event, which starts on the 6th May, with Jon Rahm (opens in new tab), Bryson DeChambeau (opens in new tab) and Justin Thomas (opens in new tab) also featuring.

The four-time Major winner, who recently employed the legendary Pete Cowen as his new swing coach (opens in new tab), has struggled for form this season.

Currently going through the longest win-drought of his career, McIlroy's last victory on Tour came at the WGC-HSBC Champions in November 2019.

This season, the Northern Irishman has missed three of his last six cuts. However, he has also produced two top-10 finishes in that stretch.

His form has surprised some of his fellow competitors, with McIlroy's close friend, Justin Thomas, saying he was “very surprised. (opens in new tab)

"Rory is one of the most talented golfers I’ve ever played with, but I think something that is very underrated and people don’t realise is how hard he works.

“I have no issue with him getting another opinion [teaming up with Pete Cowen]. I mean, that’s something that we’ve always talked about, my dad and I.

Rory McIlroy Return Wells Fargo Championship

McIlroy and Thomas at the 2021 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

“It’s like, hey, you don’t need to necessarily completely change and go change coaches and trainers, but it’s like, hey, if you feel like something isn’t working, my dad has always said that to where if we couldn’t figure something out in the golf swing.

“He’s clearly doing what’s best for his game. He’s not just doing it because ‘I was playing poorly with this coach and I just need to change coaches because I’ll start playing better.’

“The thing about Rory (opens in new tab) is I know he’s going to work through it and he’s going to win a lot more tournaments and a lot more Majors.

“I still and always will have maybe more respect for him than anybody because he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met for how much success he’s had.”

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