Rory McIlroy ended his 554-day winless run with a one-shot victory at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow for a third time – just six weeks after starting work with coach Pete Cowen.
McIlroy’s third victory at Quail Hollow was a result of clutch putting and all-round efficiency rather than spectacular scoring as a closing 68 was enough to get him over the line.
Halfway through the tournament, McIlroy was delighted at merely making the weekend for the first time since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, and he built on his encouraging second-round 66 to put together a winning weekend on a firm and fast layout.
The world number 15, whose last success came in November 2019, shot a closing 68 to win by one shot.
“Relief that I’ve won again… and more satisfaction at the journey I’m on and the process I’ve been through to try to get back to this point,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of hard work. I’ve put my head down, I haven’t really looked too much in either direction, I’ve just tried to do what I need to do.”
“This is obviously a huge confidence boost going in there knowing that my game is closer than it has been. I’ll be able to poke holes in everything that I did today, it’s certainly far from perfect, but this one is validation that I’m on the right track.”
Abraham Ancer finished second with Victor Hovland and overnight leader Keith Mitchell in a tie for third on eight under.
The victory is preparation for McIlroy’s bid to win a third USPGA Championship later this month, with the Ryder Cup player aiming to secure a second success at Kiawah Island.