Rory McIlroy put a week of heartache behind him, following his break up with former fiancé Caroline Wozniacki, to win the BMW Championship with a final round 66.
“When I got inside the ropes this week, it was a little bit of a release,” said McIlroy. “I was on my own and doing what I do best, which is playing golf, and that gave me four or five hours of serenity or sanctuary.”
Rory produced a fantastic final round of eight-under-par, snatching victory from Shane Lowry by a shot, and he could hardly believe the dramatic turn of events.
"It seemed like it was sort of meant to be in some strange way."
“It's obviously been a week of very mixed emotions, but I'm sitting here looking at this trophy going, how the hell did it happen this week,” he said.
When asked if he felt that fate had played a role in his charge to victory, he said: “Definitely. You know, with everything that happened with Thomas and Luke making mistakes on the front nine, and even Shane making a few bogeys coming in, or the double on 13 and the bogey on 15. I just seemed to be cruising along and it seemed like it was sort of meant to be in some strange way.”
A big few weeks for Rory McIlroy
From a purely golfing perspective it was a much need win for Rory McIlroy, who clawed back a seven shot deficit to win, equaling the previous record set by Simon Khan.
The Northern Irishman had been threatening to win for weeks, racking up four-top-ten finishes in his last four PGA Tour events. With the US Open weeks away, the win comes at a perfect time as he gears up to win his third major.
“Top‑tens are great, but they are not really what I'm looking for,” said Rory McIlroy. “It does my confidence a world of good. I know that I'm playing well, but being able to get the job done under pressure and when I need to, I think that's the most pleasing thing about this week.
“There's still three majors to play this year, a lot of golf left, a lot of big tournaments to try and win. So even though we're nearly halfway through the season, I feel like mine's just beginning.”