|-ten R McIlroy (NI), -9 An Ancer (Mex); -8 V Hovland (Nor), K Mitchell (United States); -7 G Woodland (United States); -5 L List (United States), P Reed (United States), M Wallace (Eng), -4 B DeChambeau (United States), A Wise (United States)|
|Others selected: -3 B Watson (United States); -2 T Fleetwood (Eng), X Sc Chaudele (United States); -1 R Knox (Sco); Level J Thomas (United States); +4 Power S (Ire); +6 S Lowry (Ire); +7 P Mickelson (United States) Full ranking|
Rory McIlroy ended his winless drought by winning the Wells Fargo Championship title at Quail Hollow for the third time.
The world number 15 from Northern Ireland, whose last success was in November 2019, shot a closing 68 to win by one stroke of 10 under.
There was fear for McIlroy on the last hole when he took a one-stroke penalty but made a winning bogey.
Abraham Ancer finished second with Victor Hovland tied for third.
The victory is perfect preparation for McIlroy’s attempt to win a third USPGA Championship later this month, with the Northern Irishman aiming to secure a second success at Kiawah Island.
McIlroy started the day two strokes behind Mitchell, but moved ahead with a birdie, his second of the round, to seventh and then shared the lead – first with Woodland then Mitchell and Ancer.
Birdies at 14 and 15 saw the quadruple major winner pass two clears, but he shot his last disc and luckily the ball settled into an obstacle two feet from a stream – McIlroy chose to take a penalty and that turned out to be a wise move as he got two strokes for the win.
Improved putting performance was key to securing a 19th PGA Tour victory with McIlroy not missing six feet in all four laps.
It’s a welcome boost for McIlroy, who slipped to his lowest world ranking since 2009 and started the tournament 51st in the FedEx Cup standings.