|-25 R McIlroy (NI); -24 C Morikawa (United States); -22 K Mitchell (United States), R Fowler (United States); -21 T Gooch (US), S Burns (US), A Wise (US), A Scott (Australia)|
|Others selected:-18 J Thomas (United States), J Spieth (United States), I Poulter (Eng), T Hatton (Eng); -17 S Garcia (Spa), P Casey (Eng)|
Rory McIlroy bounced back from the disappointment of the Ryder Cup as he secured a sixth sub-par 66 final round to win the CJ Cup and claim his 20th PGA Tour title.
The 32-year-old was led by nine shots after 36 holes but had a stunning 62 on Saturday to get into the race.
The Northern Irishman started the second round on Sunday behind leader Rickie Fowler, but managed five birdies and an eagle to claim his second victory in 2021.
Open champion Collin Morikawa shot a bogeyless 62 to finish second.
Despite winning the Wells Fargo Championship in May, McIlroy struggled for most of 2021, including losing his first three Ryder Cup matches as Europe suffered a record 19-9 loss.
But playing for the first time since Europe’s landslide defeat to the United States at Whistling Straits, McIlroy was fondly recalling the immense talent that helped him win four major titles.
“It was huge, it really was,” McIlroy told Golf Channel when asked if his poor performance at the Ryder Cup was fueling his motivation to win again.
“There was a lot of thinking [in] every two weeks [since then]. This is what I have to do. I need to play golf, to simplify, and to be just me.
“I think the last few months I was trying to be someone else to try to improve myself, but I realized that being me was enough and being me I can do things like that.”
The former world number one shot a three-under 33 on his first nine to stay in the chase, but after a birdie in the 12th par four he sank a 34-foot putt from the front of the green to eagle the par – five 14th and move three clear.
And with Fowler struggling to replicate his 63 on Saturday into his 71, Morikawa has become McIlroy’s closest challenger.
The two-time major winner birdied eight of his first 11 holes and closed with an eagle to come close to one after his lowest round of the PGA Tour.
However, McIlroy parried his last four holes to secure a one-stroke victory at Summit Club in Las Vegas.