Rory McIlroy holds off Jim Furyk to win Players Championship at Sawgrass

Sunday - 17/03/2019 22:16
Rory McIlroy is the second Briton to win the Players Championship, following Sandy Lyle in 1987
Rory McIlroy is the second Briton to win the Players Championship, following Sandy Lyle in 1987
McIlroy is just the second Briton to win the Players Championship, following Sandy Lyle in 1987.

Players Championship final leaderboard
-16 Rory McIlroy (NI); -15 J Furyk (US); -14 E Pepperell (Eng), J Vegas (Ven); -13 D Johnson (US), B Snedeker, T Fleetwood; -12 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Justin Rose (Eng), Jason Day (Aus), Brian Harman (US)Selected others:-11 J Rahm (Spa); -8 S Garcia (Spa); -6 M Wallace (Eng), T Woods (US); -5 R Knox (Sco); -4 M Fitzpatrick; -2 I Poulter (Eng)
Final leaderboard

Rory McIlroy has won the Players Championship, beating 48-year-old Jim Furyk by one shot after a thrilling final round at Sawgrass.

The Northern Irishman's two-under-par 70 gave him victory on 16 under.

It is his first win in a year and sets him up for an attempt at the career Grand Slam at the Masters next month.

"I feel like I'm playing some of the best golf of my life right now and I just need to keep doing the same things," he told Sky Sports.

"If I hadn't won today, I'd have said I didn't need one going into Augusta but it's nice to win on a course that will play similar to Augusta in a few weeks."

McIlroy, 29, won the US Open in 2011, US PGA Championship in 2012 and 2014 and The Open in 2014 but is yet to win the Masters, which starts on 11 April and is live across the BBC.

He has finished in the top six of all his tournaments in 2019.

The Players Championship is known unofficially as the 'fifth major' and is the most prestigious of the regular PGA Tour events.

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