Jack Nicklaus and Justin Rose lead Twitter praise for Rory McIlroy's Players Championship win
Last Updated: 18/03/19 10:42pm
Jack Nicklaus and Justin Rose were among the stars to turn to Twitter to praise Rory McIlroy for his victory at The Players Championship.
McGinley: Rory deserved victory
Paul McGinley praises Rory McIlroy for his Players Championship victory and looks at what it could mean for his Masters hopes.
McIlroy overcame another poor start and a heavily-congested leaderboard to win golf's most lucrative tournament after a sensational final day at TPC Sawgrass.
The 29-year-old was the last man standing as he held off late charges from Jim Furyk, Eddie Pepperell and Jhonattan Vegas to clinch a one-shot victory and add the gloss to a sensational start to 2019 which had seen him finish in the top six in his first five events without winning.
The victory was McIlroy's first since last year's Arnold Palmer Invitational and he admitted he had drawn on his recent tournament experiences as he overcame a double-bogey at the fourth and then recovered from a bogey at the 14th with birdies at the 15th and 16th and two rock-solid pars at the tricky 17th and 18th.
His two-under 70 was enough to earn him a record cheque for $2.25m, his first title for 53 weeks, and - perhaps more importantly - morale-boosting momentum to take into his latest bid for a career Grand Slam of majors at the Masters next month.
68 final round T8 - Great fun playing with @PepperellEddie today and what a putt on 17! Congratulations @McIlroyRory on the 🏆 I counted 62 eagles this week - a great performance for a fantastic cause. Close to 100K books donated to @BookTrustUSA by @MorganStanley #EagleUp pic.twitter.com/oJ8EockRuO— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) March 17, 2019
Rory, some playing lad - that resume keeps getting better & better 🏆— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) March 17, 2019
One of the best weeks of the year.. It truly is @THEPLAYERSChamp !! Can’t thank the staff enough for making this week so special for me and my family.. Congrats to @McIlroyRory for the well deserved win.. Was close, but not good enough.. Excited for the next few weeks!!— Brandt Snedeker (@BrandtSnedeker) March 17, 2019
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