Top seed McIlroy prevails in Match Play final

Sun May 3, 2015 7:49pm EDT
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By Ben Everill

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy became the second golfer after Tiger Woods to win the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play as the top seed when he took down American Gary Woodland 4&2 in Sunday's final.

McIlroy defeated Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker, Billy Horschel, Hideki Matsuyama, Paul Casey and Jim Furyk before disposing of Woodland to claim his 10th U.S. PGA Tour win and second WGC victory.

“It's been a great week. Match play is a format that I've always enjoyed. I feel it's a format that I do well in and I excel in,” McIlroy said.

“It's really satisfying to get that first win stateside (this year), no matter what format it is, it's always nice to get a trophy.

“And now we move on to next week (The Players Championship) and try to do it again.”

In control with a 4 up lead through 10 holes, McIlroy invited Woodland back into the contest by losing the 11th and 12th holes.

The American could have cut further into the Northern Irishman’s lead but missed a critical three-foot birdie putt on the 13th hole, effectively killing his chances.

A hole later Woodland three-putted the 14th green for a bogey, leaving McIlroy 3 up with four to play.   Continued...

May 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Rory McIlroy poses for photos with the Walter Hagen trophy after winning the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports