PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Rory McIlroy made it a St. Patrick’s Day to remember.
The native of Northern Ireland and four-time major champion added another lustrous title to his resume when he birdied the 15th and 16th holes at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday to win The Players Championship by one shot over area favorite Jim Furyk.
McIlroy shot 70 to finish at 16-under-par 272. He was one of eight players to have a share of the lead during one of the wildest final rounds in Players history and became the first native of a United Kingdom country to win The Players since Sandy Lyle of Scotland in 1987.
Furyk (67) had a chance to become the oldest Players winner at 49 when he birdied Nos. 16 and 18 to earn the clubhouse lead.
Eddie Pepperell and Jhonattan Vegas both made long putts at No. 17 to shoot 66 and tie for third at 14-under.
McIlroy earned $2.25 million, the largest first-place check in professional golf, and 600 FedEx Cup points for his 15th PGA Tour title.