All the buzz about Rory McIlroy came to life Sunday at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte with one dazzling shot after another in a record round that made him the PGA Tour's youngest winner since Tiger Woods.
McIlroy finished in style, rolling in a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole and thrusting his fist into the air.
"I suppose I got into the zone," said McIlroy, who celebrates his 21st birthday Tuesday. "I hadn't realized I was going in 9, 10 under. I just know I got my nose in front and I was just trying to stay there."
It capped a big Sunday for golf's young stars. Earlier in the day, 18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa shot a record 58 in the final round to win on the Japan Golf Tour.
McIlroy delivered an awesome display of skill that left two-time major champion Angel Cabrera in his wake and thrilled thousands of fans on a steamy day at Quail Hollow.
With a one-shot lead, McIlroy hit a 5-iron from 207 yards up the hill to 3 feet for eagle on the 15th. From a fairway bunker on the 16th, he hit 7-iron to 5 feet for another birdie. Then came the finish, when he knocked in a 40-foot putt that made fans leap from their chairs and had made McIlroy's freckled-face burst with joy.
Miyazato the winner in
Ochoa's last tournament
Ai Miyazato shot 6-under 67 to win the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico, for her third title on the LPGA Tour this season. Miyazato shared the spotlight with Lorena Ochoa, who played the final round of her career before stepping into retirement to raise a family and focus on her charity foundation. Ochoa shot a 71 to finish at 280.
Eger wins senior eventDavid Eger shot a 3-under 69 to win his first Champions Tour event since 2005 at the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier, Miss. A 3-foot putt on the 16th hole gave Eger a two-shot lead shortly after Tommy Armour III had three-putted the 17th hole. - AP