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Rory McIlroy shot a tough 70-70 on the weekend and closed out Sunday's round with five birdies in his last 10 holes to shoot 16-under 272 on the week and clip Jim Furyk by a single stroke. With the chips down late, McIlroy went to his greatest weapon and put his name ... err face on the Players Championship trophy.

 

Following a ridiculous birdie from a tough spot in a fairway bunker on the par-4 15th to get to 15 under for the week, McIlroy unsheathed the driver on the par-5 16th and hit his tee shot 347 yards.

 

From there, it was a pretty simple birdie, even though he was a little bit off the fairway because he only had 174 yards to the stick. He walked to No. 17 at 16 under and up one on Furyk. A par at the always nervy island green led McIlroy to the 18th. With Jon Rahm and Tommy Fleetwood collapsing on themselves behind him, he knew he likely only needed par to win.

 

With some questioning whether he should again pull driver on the watery par-4 closing hole, McIlroy uncorked a missile straight down the middle. From there it was par and his first tournament win since last year's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

 

McIlroy joins Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus with four majors and 15 PGA Tour wins before age 30.

Furyk's final shot on No. 18 should go in a museum, and if not for a missed 3-footer earlier in the day, it would have gotten him into a playoff. 

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