Reporting from Wentworth
What a strange week it has been for Rory McIlroy.
Coming to Wentworth, the Northern Irishman looked set for a long and dismal weekend. His break up with fiancée and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki was getting more public attention than his chances of winning the BMW PGA Championships.
He himself admitted it would be a struggle to play the famous West Course with such turbulence going on his private life, but it is only through tough times that true character can come to the fore.
Having not won a tournament since 2012 and falling to 10th in the world rankings, McIlroy was a shadow of the man we all expected him to grow into after that incredible season that saw him take six titles and win the Ryder Cup with Europe.
Whether you put his demise down to his club change or his personal life, McIlroy fell from grace regardless and, following the latest twist, breaking up with Wozniacki so close to their wedding, the next win looked some way away.
However, from the moment he set out at Wentworth he looked like he would be in contention. Even a record 10-under round from Thomas Bjorn didn't put him off. In the end his consistency paid off.
McIlroy went into the final day seven shots off of a relentless Bjorn, who had built what seemed like an unassailable lead. The Dane, who lived in Wentworth for seven years looked to be cashing in on his experience and, realistically, only needed and even-par 72 to win.
But as Bjorn said in his press conference on Thursday, one day you can be brilliant and then next it can all go to pieces.
Bjorn got as far as 16 under before a bogey at the fifth and a disastrous triple bogey at the sixth sent him crashing back down to earth. He never recovered, making three more birdies and three more bogeys to finish with a three over 75 for the day.
Meanwhile McIlroy was soaking in the support from a huge crowd who were following, and cheering, his every shot around the West Course. A stunning eagle at the fourth put him within touching distance of Shane Lowry, who himself looked like the favourite for the title after the first nine holes.
The Irish Open champion also made an eagle at the fourth before three consecutive birdies from the 10th to the 12th put him two ahead at 14 under. Then disaster struck. A double bogey at the 13th put him level with the emerging McIlroy. He birdied the 14th but a bogey at the next sealed his fate. Only a birdie at the 18th gave him something to smile about, by which time McIlroy had moved out of touch at 14 under.
McIlroy turned on his best golf - the likes of which we haven't seen since that famous PGA Championship win in 2012 - on the back nine, coming home in a stunning five under 32.
His birdie at the last created a roar so loud, it would have undoubtedly reached the ears of Luke Donald, Bjorn and Lowry - the only ones capable of catching him.
Donald & Bjorn could take it to a play-off with an eagle at the last and the former was in a good position to get the green in two after a good drive. However, with the pressure on, Donald choked and went into the famous narrow stream to the left of the green. He got up and down for par, gifting McIlroy his first win in almost two years.
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