Rory McIlroy Wins 2023 Memorial Tournament in Dramatic Fashion
Dublin, Ohio – Rory McIlroy put on a show for the ages on Sunday, rallying from behind to capture the 2023 Memorial Tournament. McIlroy started the day three strokes behind the leader, Keegan Bradley, but shot a flawless 8-under-par 64 to finish at 18-under and win by two strokes.
The Northern Irishman’s final round was a clinic in ball-striking and putting. He eagled the fifth hole and birdied six of his last nine holes to pull away from the rest of the field. McIlroy’s victory at Muirfield Village Golf Club is his third of the year and 20th on the PGA Tour.
“I’m just ecstatic,” McIlroy said after the round. “I knew I had to come out and play my best golf today, and I did just that. I’m honored to win this tournament, which is one of my favorites on the Tour.”
Bradley, who held the lead for most of the weekend, finished in second place at 16-under after shooting a 1-under 71 on Sunday. Matsuyama Hideki was third at 15-under, followed by Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas, who tied for fourth at 13-under.
The victory solidifies McIlroy’s place as one of the top golfers in the world. He is currently ranked second in the Official World Golf Ranking and has been playing some of the best golf of his career this year.
The 33-year-old has now won seven times in his last 34 starts on the PGA Tour, dating back to 2021. He has been particularly dominant in 2023, finishing in the top-ten in all but one of his nine starts this season.
The win at the Memorial Tournament also earns McIlroy a spot in the upcoming U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in June. With his game firing on all cylinders, he will be one of the favorites to win his second U.S. Open title, which he previously won in 2011.