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Rory McIlroy: 20th PGA Tour Title ‘Huge Achievement’ and Ryder Cup Thinking Helped Win CJ Cup |  Golf news


McIlroy after his one-shot win over Collin Morikawa in Las Vegas: “I think the last few months maybe I was trying to be someone else to try to improve myself and I kinda realized that being me was enough. ”

Last updated: 10/18/21 2:13 am

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Rory McIlroy reflects on securing his 20th PGA Tour title with an impressive one-stroke victory at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas.

Rory McIlroy reflects on securing his 20th PGA Tour title with an impressive one-stroke victory at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas.

Rory McIlroy believes his emotional Ryder Cup experience helped him start the PGA Tour season successfully and claim a historic 20th CJ Cup victory.

McIlroy was making his first appearance since being part of Europe’s record-breaking loss at Whistling Straits last month, where the Northern Irishman lost his first three matches and was left in tears during an interview with after-round after his victory in singles.

The four-time major champion entered the final round at the Summit Club in Las Vegas two strokes behind Rickie Fowler, scoring 66 to six cents on Sunday, enough to end the week at 25 cents and finish a shot in front of the closest challenger Collin Morikawa. .

Rory McIlroy: 20th PGA Tour Title ‘Huge Achievement’ and Ryder Cup Thinking Helped Win CJ Cup |  Golf news

Rory McIlroy earned a second victory in 2021, following his Wells Fargo Championship success earlier in the year

“This [the Ryder Cup] was huge, it really was, “said McIlroy.” I was really disappointed with the way I played. I’m more emotional thinking about it than even thinking about it [CJ Cup victory]. Yes, there has been a lot of thinking over the last few weeks and this is what I need to do.

“I just need to play golf, I need to simplify, I just need to be me. I think the last few months maybe I was trying to be someone else to trying to improve myself and I kind of realized that being me is enough and being me I can do things like that. “

Rory McIlroy: 20th PGA Tour Title ‘Huge Achievement’ and Ryder Cup Thinking Helped Win CJ Cup |  Golf news

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Highlights of Rory McIlroy’s final round 66 at the CJ Cup, where the four-time major champion claimed a one-shot victory and a 20th PGA Tour title.

Highlights of Rory McIlroy’s final round 66 at the CJ Cup, where the four-time major champion claimed a one-shot victory and a 20th PGA Tour title.

McIlroy is now one of 39 players in PGA Tour history to have won at least 20 titles, with the 32-year-old tied for 35th in the all-time table alongside Greg Norman and Hale Irwin.

The 20th victory also secures McIlroy a future lifetime PGA Tour membership, which will be active once he completes 15 years of Tour participation at the end of the 2022-2023 season.

Rory McIlroy: 20th PGA Tour Title ‘Huge Achievement’ and Ryder Cup Thinking Helped Win CJ Cup |  Golf news

Rory McIlroy starred alongside Rickie Fowler (right) and Abraham Ancer on the final day

“It’s quite an achievement,” said McIlroy. “I still need a few more years on the Tour to get this lifetime exemption, but at least I have the wins. I was asked that question earlier in the week and it’s a pretty big carrot. .

“I think getting 20 wins here is a big achievement. I didn’t know if it was going to be this week, but I knew that if I kept my head down and kept playing well and doing the right things, eventually I was. would get there.

“I’ve been about to start my season with a win before, I think I’ve finished second or third about eight times, so winning, yeah, that’s great. It’s really good, validation of what I have been doing in the last few weeks and keeps me moving forward. “

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