AFTER OVER 18 months, Rory McIlroy has his hands on silverware once again.
Rory McIlroy has had quite a hectic past few days.
Playing in the Wells Fargo Championship, the 32-year-old was first almost forced to withdraw from the event with a neck injury.
However, he persevered and took a commanding lead, before surviving a dramatic scare at the final hole to card a closing 68 for a one-shot win.
The win comes at the perfect time for the County Down man, with the PGA Championship just around the corner (20 May).
Speaking after the victory, McIlroy said: "It's awesome. This victory’s very important going into Kiawah in a couple weeks’ time.
"Obviously I played really well there last time. I’m honestly not sure whether they’ve made any changes to the golf course since, but I’ll go up there and try to do my homework and refamiliarise myself with the layout a little bit.
"But it’s certainly great timing. This is obviously a huge confidence boost going in there knowing that my game is closer than it has been. I’ll be able to poke holes in everything that I did today, it’s certainly far from perfect, but this one is validation that I’m on the right track."
Posting on Twitter, he also said that it was the "fans" who carried him through the hard-fought win.
Fell in love with Quail Hollow the first time I played it and knew it was special. From my first win in 2010 to today, each year the fans, staff, city of Charlotte make the week an unforgettable experience. The fans carried me through today. Thank you for the continued support. pic.twitter.com/PZlk1ou5bB
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) May 10, 2021
He now heads into the PGA Championship at a price of 11/1 to win.