Rory McIlroy’s victory at Wentworth proved once again that aside from being prodigiously talented the 25-year-old is also amazingly resilient.
Rather then feeling sorry for himself following the breakdown of his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki, he faced the media and threw himself into the tournament.
Wentworth has never been a particular favourite of Rory’s but with the course softened by the rain it suited him much better and he made the most of the opportunity to secure what could be a very important victory.
“With it being so soft, it played a lot differently and played into my hands,” said Rory.
“It played longer. Balls were not bouncing off fairways into rough. You weren’t getting big bounces on greens. You didn’t have to try to play from the front edges.
“You could play really sort of aggressive target golf out there, which isn’t usually the style of golf that you need around Wentworth.
“But with the rain this week, that’s what it turned into.”
And he added; “I think the win at the end of last year in Australia sort of stopped all the questions about equipment and about struggling and slump and all this stuff.
“I think this victory here, against a great field, one of the best fields of the year, especially in Europe; it sort of cements that, and shows where my game is and I’m on the right track again.
“You know, hopefully it won’t be long before I’m contending in majors and having a chance to win those again.
“I guess it just validates all the hard work and everything that I’ve put in this year.”
The second major of the year, the US Open is less than three weeks and McIlroy will head to Pinehurst with renewed confidence.
It’s a different story for second placed Shane Lowry who will play in the US Open qualifier at Walton Heath today alongside Padraig Harrington, Kevin Phelan and Michael Hoey.
Lowry has endured a difficult season but put all that behind him with a superb effort on the final day.
“My season hasn’t been going great but I did fancy myself coming in here, I really, really did,” said Shane.
“I love this place. And you know, I thought today was my day, but obviously not, hopefully next year.
“I mean, to be honest, I feel very unlucky. You know, I felt like I hit some great shots coming in, and like I hit probably best five-iron of my whole year to 15, and ended up making bogey, which is a bit annoying, especially after bouncing back from a double with a birdie.
“And the double bogey, as well. I know I hit a poor tee shot, and found the only bush like that on the course and found myself in it and was struggling from there.
“But to hole the putt on the last and to finish second on my own is really nice. It’s given me a lot of World Ranking points and a lot of Race to Dubai points as well.”
Simon Thornton carded a final round 74 to finish on one over par for a share of 46th place.
Padraig Harrington finished well down the leaderboard on four over with Damien McGrane a shot further back.