World No1 Rory McIlroy showed why he is just that by winning the WGC Cadillac Matchplay for the first time in his career. After 21 holes without a winner, McIlroy and Casey had to set out early on a cold Sunday morning with Rory making birdie at the first extra hole of the day to progress to the semi final.
His semi final match with an in form Jim Furyk went all the way, Furyk went in to he back 9-1 up but a double at 12 saw McIlroy take the lead. Furyk fought back by making birdies at 13 and 14 to again take the lead but birdies at 16, 17 and a great eagle at 18 meant Rory would meet Gary Woodland in the final.
Both players had a shaky start to the final round making bogies at 2 and 3 but McIlroy managed to recover and his 3 consecutive birdies at 5, 6 and 7 gave got him to 4 up.
A bogey at 11 from McIlroy and a birdie at 13 by Woodland got the game back to within 2 but the world No1 hung on to take the final 4&3 on the eve of his 26th Birthday.
The 3rd place match between Danny Willet and Jim Furyk was seen by many as just a consolation match but for the young Englishman it meant a lot. With Willet's 3&2 win over Jim Furyk he moves up 10 places to No38 in the world rankings. He has showed some great form in the last few months and is one of the best performing European players this season.
Its great to see Rory winning again and he showed just why he is the best player in the world, he made some great recoveries and some even better putts to take the WGC Cadillac Matchplay title. Lets hope he can keep it up and provide some entertainment and excitement at the majors this year.