Rory McIlroy’s Keys to Victory at the Wells Fargo Championship

May 18, 2015

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy became the first two-time winner of the Wells Fargo Championship with a seven-shot victory over Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers on Sunday. McIlroy closed with 3-under 69 to finish at 21-under 267, shattering the tournament record by five strokes.

Here are the numbers that made all the difference.


Yards McIlroy averaged off the tee during the Wells Fargo Championship, the best of anyone in the field. He also led the field in ball striking and total strokes gained and tied for second in total driving and greens hit (56 of 72). He placed third in proximity to the hole, averaging 33 feet, 1 inch for the week and fifth in scrambling, getting up and down on 12 of 16 greens missed.


Birdies made by McIlroy at Quail Hollow, the most in tournament history. McIlroy made only four bogeys this week, the least of anyone in the field and one shy of the tournament low. He had 36 one putts (T10) and made just one three-putt. He had 68 putts from 8 feet and in and only missed four of them.


Strokes McIlroy needed to complete his third round on Saturday, his career-low score on the PGA Tour and the new Wells Fargo single-round record. He made 11 birdies and seven pars, missing six fairways but only three greens. He had 13 one putts and two-putted the other five times.

$16.5 million

Money McIlroy has earned in the last 50 weeks. Since winning the BMW PGA just days after breaking off his engagement with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, McIlroy has won seven of the 24 events he played in, was runner-up four times and finished in the top five 13 times. He has missed only two cuts during that streak — at the Irish Open and the Honda Classic. Not a bad year.


PGA Tour titles under McIlroy’s belt. His 11th PGA Tour win came on his 94th PGA Tour start and 13 days after his 26th birthday. By comparison, Tiger Woods captured his 11th PGA Tour title at the 1999 PGA Championship in his 65th professional start. In Woods’ 96th professional start, he won the 2001 Arnold Palmer Invitational, his 25th professional victory. Jack Nicklaus won his 11th PGA Tour win at the 1964 Whitemarsh Open in his 68th professional start. In Nicklaus’ 94th professional start, he won the 1965 Philadelphia Golf Classic, his 16th professional victory.

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