PLAYERS: McIlroy reigns supreme at TPC Sawgrass

When asked on Sunday if his measured celebration was his way of ensuring that his successes don't define him any more than his failures Mc Ilroy nodded vigorously in agreement

Fleetwood took his good swing from the range to the course and watched it pay off with a birdie-eagle-birdie start that carried him to a 67. One group later, Jhonattan Vegas holed a putt from the bottom left to the top right pin position, just under 70 feet, the longest putt made on the island green since the PGA Tour had lasers to measure them.

It was almost flawless, of course, a sand wedge into No. 6 that tracked the flag and landed next to the pin, except that it took a hard bounce and rolled over the back of the green. The event is often referred to as the "fifth unofficial major" but the tournament's prize money is now greater than all four majors, per Golf Digest.

"If I go to Augusta with a similar golf game to what I have now and the attitude I've shown over the first few weeks of the year, I think I'll have a great chance", he told reporters. "I think all the experience I've racked up over those first 10 or 11 years means that I'm way more prepared for these next 10". I've been so balanced - nothing like I used to be, nothing like before.

"People just think he's my best friend and I got him the bag because I didn't want to listen to anyone else".

"And hopefully tomorrow, it shows how different it has been".

McIlroy's 15th win on the PGA Tour also silenced his critics following several lost opportunities and lackluster finishes to open the 2019 season. "Really, really confident with my irons".

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., is at 6 under and Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., is at 5 under.

McIlroy struggled to get any momentum, early doors, but carded five birdies down the stretch to stave off a host of golfers that were all pinging it on the final day.

American Ryan Moore sensationally grabbed the 17th ace to be recorded at the par-3 17th hole in the history of the Players. He two-putt for par and the win. It never had a chance, finding the water and leading to a bogey.

When he stepped to the tee for the last 18 holes of the Players Championship, Rory McIlroy knew the stats about his Sunday swoons and the number of times he was unable to close in the final round. "That was it. My thing was it was the first good swing of three swings I needed to make to win the tournament".

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, chips to the ninth green during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Fleetwood opened with a three-putt bogey and made all pars until hitting into the water on the 11th for bogey.

A missed putt for par at 15 resulted in a costly bogey for Furyk, which dropped him to 13-under and tied for third.

"Very proud, very honored to be able to call myself a Players champion, a tournament I haven't won before".

"I've just got to do my thing", he said. After all, this is a guy who rattled off five worldwide wins in 2012 and bagged a pair of majors two years later.

Tiger Woods was five shots better on the par-3 17th - a quadruple bogey on Friday, a 2-foot birdie putt on Saturday - but still started so slowly that even a late run of birdies was only good for a 72. He was 12 shots behind in his last stroke-play event before the Masters. That group included Brandt Snedeker (65) and Keegan Bradley (68), and Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world who played the par 5s at even and still shot a 69.

By the end of the day, his 64 was about as high as it could have been.

Ancer broke onto the professional scene at the age of 24 when he won the 2015 Nova Scotia Open with a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff to become the Open's fifth Mexican victor.

This was one of the sweetest wins of his career.



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