WATCH - McIlroy gives himself a perfect birthday gift
Jordan Spieth may have taken centre stage at the first golf major of the year, but Rory McIlroy confirmed he is still the man to beat as he won the WGC World Matchplay title in on Sunday.
McIlroy had to give up his ringside seats for the Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao fight after his own sporting commitments overran on Saturday, but he put that disappointment behind him to win another title.
McIlroy, who turns 26 on Monday, defeated Gary Woodland 4&2 in the final at Harding Park, his third win of the day after completing victory over Paul Casey in the quarter-finals and producing a brilliant finish to get the better of Jim Furyk in the last four.
"I'm really proud of myself with how I showed a lot of character early in the tournament coming back from some deficits," McIlroy said in an interview broadcast on Sky Sports.
"I played really solid golf. I have got on a nice little run in match play. I got a lot of confidence from the way I played against Rickie (Fowler) in the Ryder Cup last year (winning 5&4) and just followed it on through into this.
"Obviously I am delighted, a second World Golf Championship and first win in the States this year and so I could not be happier."
McIlroy's brilliance was in evidence as he won his semi-final match with Jim Furyk by producing a stunning long eagle putt. Click on the link below to see it: