18 May 2015

Another victory for McIlroy

11:57 am on 18 May 2015

The world golf number one Rory McIlroy has recorded his second victory in three weeks after winning the latest event on the PGA tour at North Carolina's Quail Hollow.

McIlroy shattered the tournament record by five strokes when he finished with a 21-under par 267.

Rory McIlroy at Quail Hollow, 2015.

Rory McIlroy at Quail Hollow, 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Northern Irishman, who started the final round with a four-shot lead, was never seriously challenged as he compiled a steady three-under-par 69 on the same course he notched his first PGA Tour victory five years ago.

Trailing the winner by seven-strokes were the Americans Webb Simpson (72) and Patrick Rodgers (68) who were tied for second on 14-under.

McIlroy broke his own course record in the third round when he carded an 11 under par 61 to charge into the lead.

The victory at the $9.5 million tournament was his 18th as a professional and his third this year.

When he won the World Golf Championships-Match Play two weeks ago, he joined Tiger Woods (29) and Jack Nicklaus (17) as the only players to win 10 events before their 26th birthday on the PGA Tour in the last 75 years.

Rotorua's Danny Lee continued his impressive form on the final day at Quail Hollow carding a two under par 70 to finish in a tie for 13th at nine under for the tournament.

Hamilton's Steven Alker also picked up two strokes on Monday to tie for 28th at five under.