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McIlroy a winner again with milestone CJ Cup success

Rory McIlroy produced a superb final round to win the CJ Cup in Las Vegas.  The Holywood man end...



McIlroy a winner again with mi...
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McIlroy a winner again with milestone CJ Cup success

Rory McIlroy produced a superb final round to win the CJ Cup in Las Vegas. 

The Holywood man ended a shot clear of Collin Morikawa on 25-under-par to land the title.

His success is a 20th on the PGA Tour - an achievement which sees him join a select group.

McIlroy is just the 39th player to reach the 20-win mark.

"To get to 20 wins here is a big achievement," said McIlroy, the 39th player to achieve the feat.

"I didn't know if it was going to be this week, but I knew if I just kept my head down and kept playing well and kept doing the right things that eventually I'd get there.

"To get a win, it’s great, it feels really good."

The decisive moment of the final round came on the 14th, where McIlroy holed a lengthy putt for an eagle three.

Morikawa posted an even better round on Sunday, with a ten-under 62.

Overnight leader Rickie Fowler carded a one-under 71 to finish in a tie for 3rd.

Shane Lowry produced a fine round of eight-under 64 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 54th at 12-under.

For McIlroy, the win was even more significant following last month's Ryder Cup disappointment.

The former world number one looked out of sorts for Padraig Harrington's Europe at Whistling Straits, where they slumped to a 19-9 defeat.

"It was huge. It really was. I was really disappointed with how I played," McIlroy conceded when asked about the impact of the Ryder Cup.

"There was a lot of reflection in the last couple of weeks. This is what I need to do. I need to play golf, I need to simplify it. I need to just be me.

"I think for the last few months I was maybe trying to be someone else to try and get better.

"I realised that being me is enough, and being me I can do things like this."

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