Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

McIlroy's 'Weird' Week Ends with Shock Victory

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

McIlroy's 'Weird' Week Ends with Shock Victory

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AWEEK which began with personal heartache ended in professional triumph as Rory McIlroy came from seven shots behind to claim a remarkable victory in the BMW PGA Championship yesterday.

Just four days after a visibly upset McIlroy revealed he had called off his wedding to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki after the invitations had been sent out, the 25-year-old carded a closing 66 to win the European Tour's flagship event following a dramatic final day.

McIlroy only took the outright lead for the first time with a birdie on the 71st hole and made another on the last to finish 14 under par, one ahead of Ireland's Shane Lowry, with twotime winner Luke Donald and overnight leader Thomas Bjorn a shot behind in third.

"It's been a great day," said McIlroy, who had missed the cut in each of his last two appearances in the event. "Going out seven behind I did not expect to be in this position.

"Thomas was playing very well and I thought I would need something spectacular to catch him but walking off the 11th tee I saw I was only two behind and thought I had a chance."

In the aftermath of his split from Wozniacki, McIlroy had left his phone turned off and even given away his laptop and he added: "When I was inside the ropes it was a little bit of a release.

"I was on my own, doing what I do best and it gave me four or five hours of serenity or sanctuary, whatever you call it.

"I can't explain it. It has been a week of mixed emotions. I am looking at the trophy saying 'How the heck did it happen?' " I was asked in an interview how I feel and I don't know. I feel happy I've won but it's been a weird week."

Lowry had briefly been three clear when he started the back nine with a hat-trick of birdies, but drove into trouble on the 13th and ran up a double-bogey six, while Bjorn was left to reflect on squandering a five-shot overnight lead which brought back unwanted memories of his collapse in the final round of the Open at Royal St George's in 2003.

Ultimately, though, the week belonged to McIlroy, who kickstarted his challenge with an eagle from 15 feet on the fourth, his ball teetering on the edge of the hole for several seconds before dropping in. …

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