Rory McIlroy maintained his improved form at the weekend to claim a second title at the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina. In doing so he also set a new record low score of 267 for the tournament, as he cruised to a seven-stroke success over the American pair of Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers. After posting a career-best third round score of 61 to leap into the lead, he remained in control on the final day's play to finish on 21 under par after 72 holes.


Final round of 69

26-year-old McIlroy had kept himself in contention throughout the opening two rounds, ensuring that the early leaders were never more than three or four shots ahead. His brilliant third round had catapulted him into the overnight lead on Saturday, but he still needed to maintain his focus to keep the chasing pack behind him. A solid final round of 69 ensured that there was to be no comeback for the rest of the field.


McIlroy delighted with his form

The Northern Ireland golfing star was delighted with his performance over the tournament and with his level of play in general. He told reporters afterwards that his game was "firing on all cylinders" at present and he sensed that his control had improved in recent times. In reference to the contrast between his earlier playing days and the manner in which he completed the task at Quail Hollow, McIlroy suggested that he had "learned how to finish things off."

Mickelson finished tied for 4th

Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson finished tied in fourth place on 12 under par, following his closing round of 68.

Indeed McIlroy was the only non-American to finish in the top six places, as the 'Stars and Stripes' players fared well on their home soil.

Morrison wins in Spain

There was further European success at the weekend at the Spanish Open. James Morrison from Guildford led an English one-two, beating his countryman David Howell and three other players by four shots. Morrison finished with a round of 69 to record a total score of 10 under par. Behind him, Howell, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Edouard Espana and Francesco Molinari all ended on 6 under for the tournament. It was only Morrison's second ever title on the European Tour, backing up his Madeira Islands Open triumph in 2010.
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