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Another record and 5 more birdies fall as McIlroy secures victory at Quail Hollow

The world number one shot a relatively pedestrian 69 last night, having done the damage on day 3.

Wells Fargo Golf Source: AP/Press Association Images

Updated at 08.00

RORY MCILROY CLAIMED five birdies in a three-under par 69 to wrap up a record-setting triumph in the Wells Fargo Championship last night.

McIlroy, who seized a commanding lead with a stunning course-record 61 on Saturday, finished with a 21-under par total of 267 — seven strokes in front of Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers who shared second on 274.

Wells Fargo Golf Source: AP/Press Association Images

The 26-year-old from Northern Ireland shattered the previous 72-hole tournament record, the 272 set by Anthony Kim in 2008, by five strokes as he became the first two-time winner of the event in which he claimed the first of his 11 US PGA Tour titles back in 2010.

Rodgers, playing on a sponsor’s exemption, briefly moved within three strokes of McIlroy’s lead after an eagle at the 10th and birdie at 11 but faded late in a 68.

After his stunning display on Saturday, McIlroy will be slightly disappointed to have book-ended his march to victory with bogeys on 2 and 17, but the five birdies and nine pars in between brought kept him on track for his latest record.

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Originally published at 23.40 on 17 April 

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