Mcilroy proves why he’s number one
By Peter Santo
While most of the golf world was focused on the euphoria surrounding Masters champion Jordan Spieth the past three weeks, Rory Mcilroy still maintained a sizable lead in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Amid controversy over the new format of the WGC Cadillac Match Play, Mcilroy quietly put together a 7-0 record on the week and won his second WGC title and his first win in the US this year.
However Mcilroy’s win did not come without drama, Mcilroy needed extra holes to defeat both Billy Horschel and Paul Casey on his way to victory. He also trailed Jim Furyk on the back nine in the semifinal but finished birdie-birdie-eagle to reach the final.
In an attempt to draw more top players to the event, the PGA Tour nixed the single elimination, NCAA tournament style format in favor of a pool play round robin format. While the format achieved its goal of giving players the ability to advance despite losing an early match, it resulted in many meaningless matches being played, much to the dismay of the players.
Ian Poulter and Keegan Bradley were two players who were not in favor of the format, as both were forced to play meaningless matches in San Francisco instead of returning to their homes in Florida. Bradley made even more headlines by nearly starting a fight with Miguel Angel Jimenez during their dead rubber on Friday.
Despite plenty of controversy, Mcilroy’s win proved that the best player could win even the most unpredictable event on the PGA Tour. Mcilroy will look to build on his success as he goes for his first title at The Players Championship, an event he has struggled mightily at in the past. As the race to the US Open at Chambers Bay heats up, many players appear to be in great form as we inch closer to the year’s second major championship.