Rory McIlroy roars past Rickie Fowler, fights off Collin Morikawa, wins CJ Cup – .

Rory McIlroy roars past Rickie Fowler, fights off Collin Morikawa, wins CJ Cup – .

Rory McIlroy passed Rickie Fowler and fought off Collin Morikawa to win the CJ Cup on Sunday at the Summit Club in Las Vegas. Here’s how it all went:

Ranking: McIlroy (-25), Morikawa (-24), Fowler (-22), Keith Mitchell (-22), Talor Gooch (-21), Adam Scott (-21), Sam Burns (-21), Aaron Wise (- 21)

How did it happen: Seeking to emerge from a prolonged slump, Fowler started the day with a two-stroke cushion over McIlroy, who had just completed a third round, 10-under-62, his best lap on the PGA Tour in over two years. . But Fowler made a costly early mistake, at the sixth par-5 hole, where he doubled his second shot in the home zone and ended up making a double bogey. Around this time, Morikawa was placing a nine front end of seven birds to tie the lead at 21 under with Fowler and McIlroy. Morikawa, however, just ran out of holes, his closing eagle bringing him into the clubhouse at 24 cents, which was a shot worse than the current lead held by McIlroy, who had staked his advantage with four birdies before. nine, a 4-foot birdie make at No. 12 and a 40-foot eagle conversion with the fairway putter cut at the 14th par-5. McIlroy, who finished in 6-under-66, led the field in winning strokes: putt this week while placing second in winning strokes: off the tee.

CJ Cup Open Field Scores at the Summit

What this means: McIlroy described last season as “partly OK”. He had seven top-10s in 21 starts, including a win at Wells Fargo. However, in a super season of six majors, he finished outside the top 40 in half of them, while failing on the weekend at TPC Sawgrass. And then, of course, there was the emotional and disappointing performance at the Ryder Cup. But as McIlroy also said before starting his new season: It didn’t matter if he entered the week in 14th overall.e in the world; when he plays his best he feels like the best player in the world. It was on full display at the Summit Club, as McIlroy won for the 20e once in his career on the PGA Tour, a feat that qualifies him for a lifetime member once he reaches 15 seasons on the Tour (this is his 13e). Although McIlroy had won 19 Tour events before this week, he had never started his season with a win until Sunday.

Rounds of the day: Morikawa’s final round 62 was tied by Talor Gooch, who birdied five of his first six holes, then slipped the last to get an Under-62 card. Gooch, who finished No.68 in FedExCup points last season, has now started his new T -4, T-11 and T-5 season.

Pictures of the day: Holding a one-shot lead over Morikawa, McIlroy holds a 40-foot putt for the Eagle from the fairway at par-5 14e hole to momentarily extend its lead to three strokes.

But that lead was quickly reduced when Morikawa hit his second shot in the 18e green from 249 yards to 6 feet to install his closing eagle. It wasn’t good enough for the win, but he’s fighting for the match of the day.

Biggest disappointment: Fowler entered the day not only with a chance to turn a two-stroke lead into his first win since the Waste Management Phoenix Open 2019, but a win would also ensure a return trip to big events such as the Masters. next year and The Players. But his double bogey on No.6 took his breath away, and his four birdies from the last lap and his 71st closing did not cut him off. Still, Fowler has plenty to lean on as he posts his best global result since tied for second at the 2019 Honda Classic.


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