The 20-year-old from Northern Ireland was on the verge of missing his third cut in a row. He was two shots over the cut line with three holes to play late Friday afternoon when he fearlessly hit a 4-iron from 206 yards into the breeze and right over the water to 6 feet for an eagle. He made the cut on the number.
McIlroy shot the lowest round each of the last two days at Quail Hollow, and the final round was nothing short of spectacular. Playing with final five holes in 5 under and finishing with six 3s on his card. He set the course record with a 10-under 62 for a four-shot victory over Masters champion Phil Mickelson.
"The last two days, it seemed as if everything had just gone right," said McIlroy, who will move to No. 9 in the world ranking. "You get yourself into sort of a mindset like that, and you just keep going. It's just been a great day." He finished at 15-under 273 and won $1.17 million. By the way, Tiger didn’t make the cut in this tournament. This was only the 6th time Woods has missed a cut in a PGA tournament.
But the big story of the day took place in Togo Japan. Ryo Ishikawa shot a 12-under 58, the lowest score ever on a major tour, to win The Crowns on Sunday for his seventh Japan Tour title. The 18-year-old Ishikawa tapped in for par on the par-4 18th after his 15-foot birdie try slid inches by the cup. He had 12 birdies in his bogey-free round on the par 70 Nagoya Golf Club course.
I think we saw a glimpse of the future on the PGA tour this weekend, and those guys are good!