Rory Back on Track

Rory McIlroy put his woes behind him to win the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Rory McIlroy put his woes behind him to win the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Rory McIlroy made headlines for all the right reasons at Wentworth on Sunday when he came from seven shots behind to claim an extraordinary win at the PGA Championship.

A week that began with McIlroy under intense media scrutiny following the announcement of the break-up of his relationship with fiancée Caroline Wozniacki ended in spectacular fashion with a one shot victory over Shane Lowry.

McIlroy, who missed the cut on his last two trips to Wentworth, took the lead for the first time on the 17th with a birdie and then birdied the fi nal hole to finish one shot ahead of his Offalyborn friend.

Thomas Bjorn, who had a five shot lead over the field heading into the final 18 holes, endured a miserable day eventually signing for a three over par round of 75 and a share of third place with Luke Donald.

Although you couldn’t but be impressed with McIlroy’s finish I was rooting for Shane Lowry down the stretch.

The former Irish Open winner has been in poor form this year with a tie for 15th at the Spanish Open last week his best result of the season. Prior to that he had missed three cuts and certainly needed a big performance.

Although Lowry did take the lead at the beginning of the back nine with three birdies, a double bogey on 13 halted his momentum. Finishing second and a cheque for €527,770 will have somewhat softened the blow, however.

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