CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rory McIlroy was hoping to make it to the weekend in the Wells Fargo Championship to continue the process of trying to find his lost form.
Instead, he ended a winless drought of just over 550 days by looking like the Rory of old, especially on a Quail Hollow course he seems to own.
With a final-round, 3-under-par 68 Sunday, McIlroy finished at 10-under 274 for a one-shot victory over Abraham Ancer. McIlroy, armed with a two-shot lead heading to the 72nd hole, nearly drove his tee shot into a creek, took a penalty drop due to a brutal lie, knocked his ball onto the green from 200 yards out of the rough and then two-putted from 44 feet to win for the third time at Quail Hollow.
It was McIlroy’s 19th PGA Tour title and first as a father.
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“It’s never easy to win out here,” McIlroy said. “It felt like a long time since I won. It just feels awesome. This is one of my favorite places in the world.”
Adding to his emotional win was it coming on Mother’s Day, and McIlroy was clearly moved as he saluted his wife, Erica, and mother, Rose, just after his winning putt dropped.