Monday, March 5, 2012

Rory McIlroy Wins, Becomes New World No. One

Only a week removed from a defeat by Hunter Mahan, Rory McIlroy won the Honda Classic at PGA National. The win moved McIlroy No. 1 in the World Rankings.

The final round included brilliant performances from Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood. Woods would shoot a 62 while Westwood shot a 63. Woods started the day 9 back of McIlroy but came storming up the leaderboard to land in a tie for second.

Rory McIlroy on Tiger's move up the leaderboard:

“I wasn’t really paying much attention until he made that eagle on 18, I heard the huge roar. And it definitely wasn’t a birdie roar. That’s when I knew that he probably got to 10.”

Being 10-under par and only 2 shots behind McIlroy who still had not come to the most difficult three-hole stretch (15, 16, 17) the PGA Tour has to offer. Known as the "Bear Trap," this section of PGA National plays more than a stroke over par for the three-hole stretch.

Getting out of those three holes only one over is something to be proud of. McIlroy entered the 15th hole with a two-shot lead, he would walk off the 18th green with the same. He was only one-under on his final round, but he handled the pressure of becoming the world No. 1 with ease. Former No. 1, Tiger Woods, didn't help make his cause any easier.

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