PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Rory McIlroy is proving to be a fierce closer.
Losing that 54-hole lead at the Masters three years ago created a resolve within him with a Sunday lead.
McIlroy has slammed the door every time he has built a 54-hole lead since that Masters’ collapse in 2011. He’s 4-0 with a lead going into Sunday since then.
He was asked if there’s any coincidence in that.
“Definitely not a coincidence,” McIlroy said. “I learned a lot that day. I learned exactly how not to protect a 54‑hole lead. I went out there being very protective, very cautious, and it's not the way . . . I should have just stuck to the game plan, stuck to my process, not looked at the leaderboard, not looked at what other people are doing.
“So it was a huge learning day in my career and that's the reason that every 54‑hole lead that I've had since I've been able to close the deal. Hopefully I can keep that run going tomorrow.”
Here’s McIlroy’s record as a pro with a 54-hole lead:
2012 DP World Tour Championship – WIN
2012 PGA Championship – WIN
2012 Honda Classic – WIN
2012 U.S. Open – WIN
2011 Masters – T-15
2011 Omega Dubai Desert Classic – T-10
2009 Dubai Desert Classic – WIN
2008 Omega European Masters – 2nd