McIlroy playing lights out during busy stretch


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It only added to Rory McIlroy’s legacy that the Wells Fargo Championship – which he won on Sunday by seven strokes – was the third of five consecutive events for the Northern Irishman.

McIlroy won the first start of his marathon run, the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, finished eighth at The Players and added his 11th PGA Tour title on Sunday at Quail Hollow Club.

The world No. 1 was scheduled to fly from Charlotte at 8 p.m. (ET) to England on Sunday for this week’s BMW PGA Championship and is hosting the Irish Open the next week.

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“I told him he’s crazy for doing it, but he’s riding so much momentum and when he’s hitting the ball like that he makes it look easy,” said Gary Woodland, who lost to McIlroy in the final match at Harding Park and finished tied for fourth at Quail Hollow.

McIlroy won’t play again on the PGA Tour until next month’s U.S. Open, where he plans to arrive at Chambers Bay the weekend before to prepare for the year’s second major, and he wasn’t showing any signs of fatigue at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I’ve been trying to stay away from the golf course as much as I can,” he said. “It hasn’t caught up with me yet. Hopefully, it doesn’t catch up with me in the next two weeks.”