Rory McIlroy wins the 2014 BMW PGA Championship
Rory McIlroy won the 2014 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this morning after a roller coaster week that saw him call off his impending wedding to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, admitting that he had no idea what to expect this week and that he was just hoping to find some sanctuary inside the ropes at a course that at the best of times, he’s disliked strongly since turning pro. Over the next few days, you’ll likely read or hear that the reason he was able to win this week was because he was emotionally free after ending the relationship.
Only Rory knows how much the relationship with Wozniacki was weighing on him, but if you’re looking purely at results, he’s been one of the most consistent players in the world over the last seven months. Starting at the Korean Open back in October, Rory has teed it up fifteen times worldwide, picking up two wins, two runner ups and eight other top-10 finishes. His worst finish was a tie for 27th at the BMW Masters. Those results, while not the unfair Tiger-esque numbers that some people expect out of Rory, are damn good and an incredible improvement over where he was a year ago when he looked completely lost on the golf course.
A lot of things had to go right for Rory today. Starting the day seven shots behind the lead of Thomas Bjorn, he wasn’t out of it by any means, but he also needed one of the best players in the world to blow a sizeable advantage, which unfortunately for Bjorn, is exactly what happened. Luke Donald couldn’t keep it together in the final group. Shane Lowry couldn’t capitalize either, and when it was all over, Rory was the one left standing, despite a balky putter that still appears to be a stumbling block. That, however, is nitpicking considering the way he’s been striking the ball recently.
The run that he’s on right now is something that we should be applauding, and even though he’s been on the record as not being a big fan of Wentworth, especially since the Els redesign, we shouldn’t be surprised that he won this week. The reason he won wasn’t because he broke off a relationship. He won because he’s a really good player who shot 66 on Sunday while others in front of him couldn’t close the deal, something that he’s been quite familiar with over the last few months.
Golf is difficult, especially when you play it at the level that Rory does. He’s won golf tournaments before, many by a much wider margin than this one, and he’s going to keep on doing it for years to come. Single or engaged, that’s what you should take away from this week at Wentworth with Rory McIlroy.