This week was not supposed to end this way. Rory McIlroy was not supposed to be standing on the 18th green with his fist raised after back-to-back birdies capped off a back nine 32 and a final round 66 to win the BMW PGA Championship, basically the second biggest event on the European Tour calendar.
It wasn't supposed to be this crowning moment for Rory, who earlier this week announced that his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki had ended and that he had turned off his cell phone and gave away his computer in hopes of reestablishing a little normalcy in his life.
But that is why we love sports so much. Sometimes the golf course is exactly where one needs to be when they have a million things bouncing around in their head, and Rory looked comfortable and content all week when he was walking between golf shots.
His opening round 68 included two eagles, his third round got going after an opening hole double bogey, and that back nine on Sunday was simply an art form. Rory birdied the 10th the 12th and the 13th, and while he had some chances before he got to the back-to-back par-5 finish, he knew birdies were needed there if he really wanted to avoid a playoff.
Rory rolled in a great birdie putt on the 17th, and after his second shot found the greenside bunker on 18, it was another up and down needed to secure the closing birdie and a two-shot lead over the field. He hit a great bunker shot, made his birdie and was in the clubhouse at 14-under, just what he needed after his buddy, Shane Lowry, rolled in a bomb of a birdie putt on the 18th himself to end just a shot back of Rory.
A lot of people will be talking about Wozniacki and what all this means after the win, but I'm guessing that didn't have a ton to do with what happened on Sunday at Wentworth. Rory McIlroy, a man that has won two major championships by a combined 16 shots, went out and simply played the game better than everyone else.
He's done it before, just this time it probably means a bit more.
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