Quail Hollow Championship: McIlroy Wins in Record-Breaking Fashion
The roar from the crowd was undeniably like the one reserved for some golfer named Tiger Woods, but the man sinking putt after putt was an unknown kid from Northern Ireland named Rory McIlroy. Rory who? The curly-haired 20-year-old rewrote the Quail Hollow Championship record books by firing a new course record 10-under 62 in the fourth round to win by four shots over Masters champion Phil Mickelson.
McIlroy, who was once described by Woods as having the potential to be number one, started the final day four shots off the pace, but found himself surging ahead as third-round leader Billy Mayfair faded away with a 4-over 76.
With the victory, McIlroy, who will turn 21 in two days, has become the youngest player to win on the PGA Tour since Woods won the Las Vegas Invitational at 20 years old in 1996. And in case you’re wondering how Woods fared in the tournament, he missed the cut for only the sixth time in his storied career.