McIlroy shatters tournament record with seven-stroke win

Sun May 17, 2015 7:37pm EDT
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By Andrew Both

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy won for the second time in three weeks and shattered the tournament record when he clinched a seven-stroke victory at the $7.1 million Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday.

McIlroy started the final round with a four-shot lead, and was never seriously challenged as he compiled a steady three-under-par 69 at Quail Hollow, where he notched his first PGA Tour victory five years ago.

The Northern Irishman finished at 21-under 267, a tournament record low score by five strokes, while Americans Webb Simpson (72) and Patrick Rodgers (68) tied for second on 14-under.

McIlroy's margin of victory was only one shy of his record eight-shot wins at two major championships, the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship.

His demolition of the par-fives paved the way for his victory as he played them in a combined 13-under.

"The way I played yesterday really set me up to go out there today. I was in control of the tournament and I just needed to shoot a solid round and that was going to get me over the line," he said after securing his 11th PGA Tour victory, and his 18th professional triumph worldwide. He has won three times this year.

"I've learned how to handle these positions and I'm finishing the job off the way I should, which is very pleasing.

"I still feel there's a couple little areas of my game I can sharpen up on heading into the U.S. Open but it's very close."   Continued...

May 17, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Rory McIlroy holds up the championship trophy during the final round at Quail Hollow Club. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports