For just the second time in the tournament’s history, the number 1 seed won the WGC Match Play. This year, the tournament moved to Harding Park in San Francisco and showcased a new format. It was all in an effort to give the better players, and the bigger names, a better chance to stick around for a longer time.
In a way, it worked. World no. 1 Rory McIlroy defeated Gary Woodland in the final, 4&2, to take down his 10th PGA Tour title.
Rory McIlroy wins WGC Match Play. That’s 10 PGA TOUR events in 5 year span, joining Tiger & Jack with 10+ by age 25.
— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) May 3, 2015
The Golf Channel had this diabolical play on words.
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) May 3, 2015
Oh, one-derful! Rory is the man, and after some concern about inconsistent play in the early spring, he has emerged as the top dog heading into the summer. This event, being a World Golf Championship, is a big one, and in the year’s first major a shaky first 9 holes cost him a shot at the title. But he finished in fine form, posting 66-68 on the weekend to finish 4th.
With The Players next week and the US Open next month, it’s a good time for Rors to be hitting his stride. He had a massive summer last year, winning the season’s final 2 majors and 3 tourneys in a row. Don’t be surprised to see something similar in 2015.