The move of The Players Championship from May back to its original date in March meant a challenging change of conditions in the final round. It was very entertaining to watch for all sorts of reasons. Jim Furyk bidding to become the oldest winner eventually missed a 6 footer and was leader in the clubhouse for some time. Jon Rahm and his caddie appeared to have a disagreement, Dustin Johnson couldnt make a putt under 10 feet, Jason Day played messilyand Tommy Fleetwood who played with some brilliance made an eagle on 16 after hitting his approach to 3 feet and the hit his ball in the water on 17.
And then there was Rory who was doing his best not to let the frustration of constant runners up finishes get to him. All year he had not been outside the top 6 in every tournament he had competed in. He revealed that he had been figuring the mental side of the game out for himself. It showed. He looked serene and competed with imperious driving and thought his way round the course well. He had four birdies in the final 8 holes and on 16 took the lead playing a 6 iron out of the sand from 180 yards to 14 feet and made the putt. He won by one shot. (3 said
“I needed to show a lot of character out there,” he said. “I think all the experiences I’ve had over the last few weeks in terms of trying to win and not getting over the line definitely helped me today.”