The Irishman reigned victoriously on the links today on St. Patrick’s Day. Rory McIlroy regained his status among the elite on professional golf by surviving a wobbly start on the front nine at The Players Championship at TPC-Sawgrass in Florida. It including posting a double bogey on the 4th hole. Then Rory cruised on the back nine to a one-shot victory over forty-eight year old Jim Furyk with a 16-under par total of 272.
Furyk turned up the heat with a three-foot birdie putt on the water-lined 18th hole, the toughest hole on the course, to shoot 67 and claim the clubhouse lead. But the old master fell shy of a playoff by only one stroke. He was going for the oldest player to win The Players, an honor still owned by cheerful crowd favorite Fred Funk.
Now, The Masters is only three weeks away. Rory McIlroy will probably have the best odds of winning that too.