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Rory McIlroy Earns First PGA Victory

Posted on: May 3, 2010

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy captured his first victory at the Quail Hallow Championship last week.  He posted a course record, 62, on Saturday.  He ended up breezing by the field and beat the four-time major winner and reigning Masters Champion, Phil Mickelson, by four shots and Angel Cabrera by five shots.  McIlroy, who turnes 21 on Tuesday, needed an eagle late in his round on Friday to make the cut right on the number.  Then Rory became the youngest player to win on the PGA tour since Tiger Woods who won at the Disney in 1996 at age 20.  Overall, McIlroy was 16 under par for the weekend. He closed with a back-nine 30 Sunday punctuated with a 5-iron from 206 yards to 3 feet for eagle at the 15th, a 7-iron from 167 yards out of a fairway bunker to 5 feet for a birdie on 16 and a 42-foot birdie putt on the 18th.  “I didn’t feel a 62 was coming, but I felt as if my game was definitely getting a lot better. The 66 (Saturday) was probably the worst I could have shot. I gave myself so many chances. I had five eagle putts,” McIlroy said. “And today I just carried on from there. The last two days it seemed as if everything had just gone right. You get yourself into sort of a mind-set like that, and you just keep going.”

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