Rory McIlroy joins elite club with landmark win at The CJ Cup in Las V…

Rory McIlroy joined an elite club on Sunday night after recording a landmark 20th career win on the PGA Tour at The CJ Cup.

The 32-year-old’s victory in Las Vegas method he is only the seventh golfer since 1960 to win 20 PGA Tour events before the age of 33.

The others are Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

McIlroy, who famous his first PGA Tour at the Quail Hollow Championship back in 2010, said: “It was a pretty big carrot and I think to get to 20 wins out here is a big achievement.

“I nevertheless need a associate more years on tour to get that lifetime exemption, but at the minimum I’ve got the wins and it’s quite an achievement.

“I didn’t know if it would be this week, but I knew if I just kept my head down and kept playing well and doing the right things, ultimately I’d get there.”

McIlroy, who discarded tears after a frustrating Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits three weeks ago, said he had benefited from playing his own game in Vegas.

And the former World No1, who has experimented with his game in recent months, looked back to his free-flowing best as he shot a final round 66 to finish the week 25-under, one shot clear of Collin Morikawa.

“I was really disappointed with how I played (at the Ryder Cup) and I get more emotional thinking about that than already thinking about this,” he said.

“There was a lot of reflection the last associate of weeks and this is what I need to do. I need to play golf, I need to simplify it and I just need to be me,

“I think for the last few months I was maybe trying to be someone else to try to get better and I sort of realised that being me is enough.

“And being me, I can do things like this.”

McIlroy shot an eagle and five birdies in his final round at The Summit Club as he got his 2021/22 PGA Tour season off to a winning start.

“I’ve been close to starting my season with a win before,” said the four-time major champion, who is only the 39th player to reach the 20 wins landmark on the PGA Tour.

“I think I’ve finished second or third like eight times, so to get a win is great and it feels really good.

“It’s also some validation of what I’ve done the past few weeks and (I want to) just keep moving forward.”



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