Rory McIlroy shot a course record 10-under-par 62 on Sunday to win the Quail Hollow Championship by four strokes and enhance his reputation as one of the brightest emerging talents in professional golf.
The Briton blew away a top-quality field which included Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to become the youngest player since Woods to win on the PGA Tour, finishing at 15-under after a masterclass of shotmaking on a notoriously difficult course.
“Ever since I was 10 or 11, I wanted to be a professional golfer and you know it's been a crazy ride to this point,” McIlroy told reporters after sealing victory two days before his 21st birthday.
“I'm going to have a bit of a party on Tuesday night.”
Mickelson, chasing back-to-back titles after winning the U.S. Masters last month, closed with a 68 to finish outright second at 11-under while Angel Cabrera of Argentina also carded a 68 to finish third, a further shot back.
Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge was fourth and Bo Van Pelt fifth as overnight leader Billy Mayfair fell out of contention after shooting 76, but no-one could keep pace with McIlroy.
“I thought a 68 would be good enough, but I've got to congratulate Rory,” Mickelson said.