Rory McIlroy changes direction, but has he turned corner? (

The resurgence of Rory McIlroy after an 18-month winless drought didn’t exactly feature the type of golf one would associate with a man whose ills are completely behind him. Out of the woods? Northern Ireland’s finest spent more time in the pine needles last weekend than Euell Gibbons logged in a busy month, courtesy of numerous errant drives that greatly compromised the value of his prodigious length.

McIlroy clearly had survival in mind as he reached Quail Hollow’s 18th tee late Sunday afternoon with a two-shot lead. He geared down to a 3-wood and hooked it 40 yards left, doing the only thing he absolutely couldn’t do: knock it into the hazard. Although his ball didn’t wind up in the creek, McIlreckless deemed the situation severe enough to take a penalty drop, then slashed his third onto the green and held on to beat Abraham Ancer by one.

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