There was plenty to see this weekend on the PGA Tour, with the PGA Championship looming and the Wells Fargo Championship closing out. It was a great weekend play for some with not such good results for others, as FreeTips.com reports.
At Quail Hollow, Justin Rose is one player who was thrilled with his finish as he managed to close with 68 which clinched him third place in the Wells Fargo Championship, four strokes behind Max Homa who lifted the trophy for the first time.
Rose, who had a missed cut at the Masters and was starting for the first time since, said, "I came out Thursday not knowing what I had. The whole week was a struggle if I'm dead honest, but that makes the result more pleasing in a way, something I can build on. This was an important week for me. Three rounds in the 60s I'm pretty pleased on this golf course. Just not enough really good golf shots to challenge the leaders.”
Sadly the play did not end as well for McIlroy who started the morning trailing the leader by just two strokes. It was not to be his day, in the end shooting a 2-over 73 landing himself in eighth place. McIlroy's putting on Sunday can only be described as weak, with the downhill trajectory starting with a three-putt par at the par-5 seventh. He then went on to bogey what should have been a simple pitch shot the short par-4 eighth to settle for par, unable to recover the form it was then bogey, double-bogey at the next two holes which lead to becoming an afterthought down the stretch.
When he was interviewed after the play, he said, "Played first six holes well today, pretty steady and then the three-putt on seven derailed any momentum I had. I hit a couple of drives left over the weekend but then my short game cost me a few shots, so I will go back home this week, work on that, get a bit sharper in those areas and get ready for a couple of weeks' time.”
The Sunday performance continued a disturbing years-long trend for McIlroy of getting into contention before Sunday yet not closing out wins. He has only managed one victory despite being in contention frequently when he started the final rounds of the PGA Tour, and that was at the Players Championships which were held in March. His current final-round scoring average ranking is 93rd, with an average of 70.44 stokes, which suggests he struggles to play the same way on Sunday as he does Thursday through Saturday. McIlroy has won 15 PGA Tour events and four major titles in his career, but it seems he might be at a crossroads as he entered his 30s at Quail Hollow. With the second major of the year, the PGA Championship starting in New York this week at the Bethpage course he will be hoping he can pull his form up a little.