Rory McIlroy Takes Match Play Title
After giving up his tickets to boxing’s “Fight of the Century”, Rory McIlroy made his own mark on sports history Sunday, defeating an unprecedented three opponents to win the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship in San Francisco.
After knocking off Paul Casey on the first continuation hole of their quarterfinal matchup early Sunday morning, McIlroy defeated Jim Furyk 1 up in the semifinals and Gary Woodland 4&2 in the final.
England’s Danny Willet defeated Furyk 3&2 for third place after Woodland knocked off Willett 3&2 in the other semi.
In the final against Woodland, McIlroy built his lead from even to 4 up as Woodland bogeyed No. 4 and McIlroy followed with three straight birdies.
Woodland got the lead down to two holes on the 13th, but he bogeyed 14 and was done by the 16th.
McIlroy eliminated Casey when the latter bogeyed the 22nd holes of their match early Sunday morning.
Furyk proved just as stubborn, hitting the turn 1 up after trailing for much of the front nine. McIlroy surged back in front when Furyk double bogeyed No. 12, but the American evened it up again with a birdie on 13.
McIlroy’s closing kick was just too potent, as he birdied 16 and 17 and eagled 18 to take the victory.