Rory McIlroy powered past a crowded leaderboard to repeat at THE CJ CUP and regain the number one spot in the OWGR for the ninth time in his career. McIlroy went 66-67-67-67 for a total of 17-under to mark his sixth straight season with a win.
McIlroy was tied for the lead as he stood on the 14th hole before making three consecutive birdies to vault to a three-stroke lead. A 13-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole with his Spider X and TP5x kickstarted the run.
The now World No. 1 followed up with a world-class bunker shot on 15 with his Milled Grind 3 wedge from the greenside bunker that rolled to just outside five feet setting up the subsequent birdie make. On 16, McIlroy ripped a 359-yard drive with his Stealth Plus 9.0° driver and then drained a 21-foot putt to make his third consecutive birdie.
RORY MCILROY WITB
- Stealth Plus Driver; 9.0° (Ventus Black 6X)
- SIM2 3-Wood; 15.0° (Kai’li White 80TX)
- Stealth Plus 5-Wood; 19.0° (Ventus Black 9X)
- Rors Proto Irons 3-9 (PX Rifle 7.0)
- Milled Grind 3; 46° SB (PX Rifle 6.5), 54° HB (PX Rifle 6.5), 58° SB (PX Rifle 6.5)
- Spider X Hydro Blast
RORY MCILROY NEED TO KNOW
- Joined fellow Team TaylorMade athlete Tiger Woods as the only reigning FedEx Cup Champions to win their first start of the following season.
- McIlroy will hold the No. 1 spot in the world for the 107th week in his career, which is 4th most all-time.
- Sixth straight season with a win and third win of the 2022 calendar year and is his second successful title defense joining his repeat win earlier this year at the RBC Canadian Open
- Win marks his 23rd career victory on the PGA TOUR.