Rory McIlroy made a welcomed return to the winner’s circle this past Sunday when he won the Wells Fargo Championship for a third time in his career.
The Northern Irishman broke an 18-month winless drought in the process by seeing off a determined Abraham Ancer during the final round.
The Mexican and Norway’s Viktor Hovland gave McIlroy a proper push towards the closing few holes on Sunday, but McIlroy stood firm for a 19th PGA Tour victory.
A final-round 68 was good enough for McIlroy to seal a one-stroke victory over Ancer, despite a bogey on the 18th hole.
The four-time Major champion had been struggling with his form in recent months but looked solid all week at the Quail Hollow Club.
‘It’s awesome. It’s never easy to win out there,’ said an emotional McIlroy after his round.
‘I think when you haven’t been in contention for a while, it never feels normal. I certainly felt it there on the back nine. There were some tee shots and some shots I just had to stand up and really commit to what I was doing. That’s sort of been my mantra, is try to just hit good golf shots until I run out of holes, and that’s basically what I tried to do the entire day. Just take good shot after good shot until you get to the end. But it felt … I’m certainly glad that the crowds were back and I’m glad that I was able to get the job done in an atmosphere like that today.’