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McIlroy storms to Wells Fargo Championship win

Wells Fargo Championship final leaderboard

-17 R McIlroy (Nir) -12 Schauffele (US) -9 An (Kor) -6 Day (Aus) Im (Kor)

Selected others: -2 Fleetwood (Eng) -1 Power (Ire)

A stunning final back nine saw Rory McIlroy reel in overnight leader Xander Schauffele and claim a fourth career Wells Fargo Championship.

McIlroy trailed by two shots after seven holes, but four birdies and two eagles in the next eight saw the 35-year-old surge six shots clear.

The Northern Irishman eventually carded a six-under 65 to beat American Schauffele by five shots at Quail Hollow.

McIlroy has now claimed back-to-back PGA titles after winning the Zurich Classic alongside Shane Lowry a fortnight ago.

The world number two says it feels like the “stars are aligning” as he turns his attention to the coming week’s US PGA Championship at Valhalla – the scene of his most recent major championship victory in 2014.

“I really got some confidence winning in New Orleans with Shane,” said McIlroy.

“Coming into this week, at a golf course I am comfortable with, my golf swing feels more comfortable than it has done.

“Going to a venue next week where I have won, it feels like the stars are aligning a little bit. But I have a lot of golf to play and a lot of great players to try to beat.

“I am going into the next major of the year feeling really good about myself.”

South Korea’s An Byeong-hun finished third after a 66, with Australia’s Jason Day three shots further back after a closing 70.

Meanwhile, American Chris Gotterup won the first PGA Tour title of his career with a six-shot victory at the inaugural Myrtle Beach Classic.

The 24-year-old recovered from bogeying the first two holes to shoot a four-under final round of 67 and finish clear of compatriots Alistair Docherty and Davis Thompson on 22 under at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club.

The win earns PGA Tour rookie Gotterup a spot at the US PGA Championship.

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