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Rory McIlroy clinches WGC World Match Play title

San Francisco: World No 1 Rory McIlroy added the WGC World Match Play Championship to his four majors with a 4&2 victory over US journeyman Gary Woodland in Sunday's final.

Rory McIlroy lifts the Walter Hagen Cup at TPC Harding Park on Sunday. Pic/AFP
Rory McIlroy lifts the Walter Hagen Cup at TPC Harding Park on Sunday. Pic/AFP 

Northern Irishman McIlroy, who turned 26 yesterday, was playing in his second WGC Match Play final, having lost to Hunter Mahan in the 2012 championship contest.

McIlroy was a perfect 7-0 in the first year of the event's new format featuring three rounds of pool play, followed by knockout rounds.

But he had to rally for several of those victories — including a comeback from 2-down with two to play to fend off elimination on Friday — and late rallies in both the quarter- and semi-finals.

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