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Rory McIlroy bounces back from neck injury and ends 18-month trophy drought with Wells Fargo win

Rory McIlroy recorded his first win since 2019 after surviving a late scare to win the Wells Fargo Championship for the third time.

A penalty shot on his last hole couldn’t derail his attack as McIlroy, who hadn’t won in 554 days and hadn’t made a cut since March, won in Quail Hollow, appropriately the course where he had his first breakthrough win on the PGA.

Tour 11 years ago. McIlroy had done well to even make the first tee, he revealed after his Mother’s Day win in the United States with his wife Erica and daughter Poppy.

A neck injury picked up the day before would have required tough treatment, and he later admitted that he wouldn’t have gone to the opening row on Thursday had he been an early starter.

As it was, his opening round 72 – game we’re gluing to his neck – barely signaled a change in fortune, but a second round of 66 and two 68’s were enough to get him a one-hit victory.

Afterwards, he said: “There is relief that I have won again, relief that my season is back on track, and more satisfaction with the journey I am on and the process I have gone through to try. to come. “

Prior to the tournament, he had dropped to No. 15 in the world, his lowest since 2009. But in recent weeks, he has added famed swing coach Pete Cowen to an entourage, a move that has clearly paid off.

And the former world No. 1 champion said he hoped it would be the start of a winning run with Cowen by his side and just days away from the second Major of the season, the PGA Championship.

McIlroy celebrated with wife Erica and daughter Poppy on Mother’s Day in the US

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“There is so much more that I want to achieve and a lot more I want to do in the game,” he said. “But this is a good confirmation that I am on the right track.

” Of that neck injury, he said he came in a whisker on Wednesday night to retire.

“If I had a tee time on Thursday morning I probably would have pulled out because I hurt my neck on Wednesday afternoon and couldn’t do a backswing.

But I got enough treatment so I could play and then gradually got a little better as the week went on. So it’s just amazing how these little things all add up. “