And with this year's Open Championship being played at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland this July, very close to where Rory grew up, the scenario for McIlroy to dominate this season increases. But it also validated the upbeat and optimistic demeanor he showcased over the past few weeks, preaching continued patience in the face of Sunday fades and near-misses that had begun to blur together.
Should Rory McIlroy dance to the tune of golf, his inconsistency would be worthy of ridicule.
The win was a long time coming for McIlroy.
Furyk only just got into the event following his 9th place finish at the Honda Classic two weeks ago and he took full advantage with his best finish on the PGA Tour since his win at the Heritage four years ago. After devoting two years as Ryder Cup captain, his world ranking plunged 194 spots to No. 231.
So with McIlroy approaching his 30th birthday, and with only one victory over his previous 50 tournaments worldwide, the critics took notice. During his press conference he playfully recalled his Players debut in 2009, one that ended with a missed cut and failed attempts to sneak into nearby bars at age 19.
Nonetheless, Furyk made McIlroy beat him.
"I don't play golf to answer". In so doing, he has found peace off the course that has translated into success on it. I like, just, I'm comfortable. "When you reflect on the week, you have to reflect on the 72 holes and not just the last two holes you played, and every time I reflected on the 72 I've played, I've been pretty happy". "I've got a week off after that", said Woods, who withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a neck injury.
That path will lead down Magnolia Lane in less than a month, a rocky road fraught with obstacles for McIlroy in years past. "Very proud, very honored to be able to call myself a Players champion, a tournament I haven't won before".
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That was the first of four unsuccessful attempts to round out the elusive final leg of the career Grand Slam.
McIlroy, 29, is in the midst of the most prolonged stretch of great golf of his career.
McIlroy overcame another poor start and a heavily-congested leaderboard to win golf's most lucrative tournament after a sensational final day at TPC Sawgrass. "It was going to happen". Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson also just need one big win. "I'm hoping I can play all the matches". It will give me massive confidence going forward.
McIlroy and Fleetwood struggled from the start and both eventually recovered, McIlroy sooner than Fleetwood, both finishing with a 70 that left them in excellent shape to capture the PGA Tour's biggest event. But his game has yet to show a crack, and with a final-round performance that finally netted some hardware he has rid himself of the lone potential weakness that seemed to dog either his play or his psyche.
". I birdied 16, kept telling myself on the way to the 17th tee, just make three more good swings".
In his first five starts this year, McIlroy didn't finish worse than sixth.
That is, as long as he opts for a one-story rental house during Masters week. I think all those experiences this year led me to this point and ultimately they were good for me because it got me over the line today.
"But if I go to Augusta with a similar golf game and the attitude I've shown this year, I'll have a great chance".