May 27, 2014

    Rory puts behind Wozzilroy saga to win


    RORY McIlroy put personal turmoil behind him to win the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday and said he hopes it will help him become the dominant player in world golf.

    The Northern Irishman, who announced his split from tennis star Caroline Wozniacki just days after sending out the wedding invitations on the eve of the tournament, fired a sparkling six-under 66 to come from seven shots back and win by a shot from Ireland's Shane Lowry.

    Last month, McIlroy said golf was crying out for an outstanding player to stamp his authority on the game, following the regression of Tiger Woods after years of the American leading the way.

    "I think it's the start of something," said the 25-year-old. "I could feel my game sort of bubbling and it was getting there. A win validates that."

    McIlroy headed to Ireland to see his family immediately after his win in the European Tour's flagship event and was due to fly to the United States yesterday.

    There he will play in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village before travelling to Pinehurst, where he will attempt to win his third Major title at this year's US Open.

    The Irishman's win was his first since the Australian Open in December and came during an emotional week when he broke off his engagement with Wozniacki, the former women's world No. 1 tennis player.

    And the former world No. 1 golfer - No. 10 before the PGA tournament started - is desperate for the victory to kick-start his rise to the top of the game again.

    "I think the game is waiting for one guy or one or two guys to just to kick on," he told reporters at Wentworth.

    "I stand by that comment; that I'd like to be that guy, and I'd like to think that this is a springboard to doing something like that. There're still three Majors to play this year, a lot of golf left and a lot of big tournaments to try and win.

    "So even though we're nearly halfway through the season, I feel like mine's just beginning."