Rory McIlroy came through to triumph in the WGC Cadillac Championship at TPC Harding Park in chilly San Francisco.
Rory defeated Gary Woodland in the final of the WGC Cadillac Championship by a margin of 4 & 2 in a tense match where neither of them brought their A game to the course.
Rory got up early to birdie the 22nd hole in his ongoing quarter-final match with Paul Casey, which put him in the semi’s against Jim Furyk. He came good again at the end sinking a 30ft Eagle putt to spoil Jim’s day, beating him 1up.
Rory is conscience of the presence of Jordan Spieth in the World rankings, and is pleased he is still out in front;
“It’s nice to have that healthy lead and I want to try to keep increasing it, but ultimately it’s about wins. If you win, it takes care of all that.”
“Once I got up on the match, I just tried to up the intensity a little bit and take advantage of that.”
“I feel like every time I get in these positions to win tournaments and close tournaments out and I do it, it adds to that ability to really knuckle down when I need to.”
“I think sometimes finals might not have the quality of some of the previous rounds, whether that’s to do with a little bit of fatigue kicking in or maybe just the occasion or whatever.”
“I felt like Gary and I didn’t get off to the best of starts. There was a bit of an ebb and flow in the match, but thankfully I was on the better side of it at the end.”
He can now go and celebrate his 26th birthday in some style on Monday.
Gary lamented having a bad day today against Rory, after he had dispatched Danny Willett 3 & 2 in his semi;
“You’ve got to get lucky in match play. If you have your bad round, you’ve got to hope the guy you’re playing with has a bad round, as well.”
“I was fortunate to get away with a bad round on Wednesday against Jimmy [Walker]. But when you’re playing the No. 1 player in the world, you can’t have a bad round.”
“I kept telling myself on the back nine, the last three or four matches he’s been down going into the last hole.”
“I was trying to fight to get back in the match, telling myself just give yourself chances, give yourself chances, finally a putt will go in.”
“I mean if there’s anybody that likes to front run, it’s him.”
“A lot of guys can flip the switch, but the switch doesn’t work all the time, his switch worked.”
“He flipped it. You could see he had a little more pep in his step, he was walking a little more quickly. You could tell.”
Danny Willett went on to win the consolation match against Jim Furyk to finish solo third. The FedExCup points gave him enough on the season to qualify for Special Temporary Membership for the 2014-15 season. If he finishes in the top 125 in FedExCup points this season, he’ll earn a PGA TOUR card for 2015-16;
“Luckily we’ve just about covered that, which is nice; then we can kind of build in a schedule.”