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Created: 05/04/2015 4:24 PM WNYT.com
By: By The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rory McIlroy didn't need another comeback to win the Match Play Championship.

Three times in the last three days, McIlroy had to rally to reach the championship match Sunday at TPC Harding Park. He removed any suspense by winning four straight holes against Gary Woodland.

Woodland conceded the 16th hole, and McIlroy captured his second World Golf Championship with a 4-and-2 victory. Three weeks after Jordan Spieth won the Masters and emerged as the most likely rival, McIlroy reminded the world of his No. 1 ranking.

It was the first time since Tiger Woods in 2008 that the No. 1 seed won golf's most unpredictable tournament. Woods did it two other times.

McIlroy was 2 down with two holes to play and risked being eliminated Friday when he rallied against Billy Horschel to win in 20 holes. In a quarterfinal match that spilled into Sunday morning, he was 1 down to Paul Casey on the 17th hole and wound up beating him in 22 holes.

His strongest play was in the semifinals against Jim Furyk, who put enormous pressure on McIlroy over the closing holes by hitting four straight approach shots close. McIlroy delivered a birdie-birdie-eagle finish to win. Woodland faced an early deficit to Danny Willett of England in the semifinals until he turned it around for a 3-and-2 victory.

McIlroy won for the second time this year and the 16th time worldwide. It was his 10th PGA Tour victory, joining Woods (24) and Jack Nicklaus (12) as the only players with at least 10 PGA Tour victories at age 25 or younger. McIlroy turns 26 on Monday.

The Match Play Championship featured a new format this year to keep more top players in the field for at least three days. McIlroy was 3-0 in the round-robin format, and wound up winning all seven matches to pick up the $1.57 million prize.

NORTH TEXAS SHOOTOUT

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Inbee Park won the LPGA Tour's North Texas Shootout for the second time in three years, closing with a bogey-free 6-under 65 for a three-stroke victory.

Park finished at 15-under 269 at Las Colinas for her second victory this year and 14th on the tour. The 26-year-old South Korean player, ranked second in the world, won in March in Singapore.

Cristie Kerr and Hee Young Park tied for second. Kerr had three consecutive birdies to finish her round of 66. Hee Young Park also had a 66, birdieing the final two holes after her only bogey at No. 16.

Lexi Thompson, who shared the third-round lead with Inbee Park, closed with a 69 to tie for fourth with Maria McBride (65) at 11 under.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko, coming off a win last week in California, had a 71 to tie for 41st at even par. The 18-year-old from New Zealand is donating her $6,241 check to Nepal earthquake relief.

INSPERITY INVITATIONAL

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Ian Woosnam made a 30-foot birdie putt in a playoff to win the Insperity Invitational for his first Champions Tour title.

Woosnam, the 57-year-old Welshman playing on a sponsor exemption, beat Kenny Perry and Tom Lehman on the first extra hole at The Woodlands Country Club. The 1991 Masters champion was making his 36th start on the 50-and-over tour.

Woosnam closed with a 4-under 68 to match Perry and Lehman at 11-under 205. Perry finished with a 66, and Lehman shot 69.

In the playoff, Lehman sliced his approach on the par-4 18th into the water, and Perry left a long birdie try 8 feet short before Woosnam rolled in the winner.

Woosnam earned $307,500. Last week in Missouri, he teamed with Sandy Lyle to tie for second in the Legends of Golf. Woosnam won 29 times on the European Tour, captained Europe's winning 2006 Ryder Cup team and has five victories on the European Senior Tour.

Second-round leader Michael Allen shot a 72 to finish a stroke back along with Joe Durant (71).

UNITED LEASING CHAMPIONSHIP

NEWBURGH, Ind. (AP) — Rookie Smylie Kaufman won the United Leasing Championship by five strokes for his first Web.com Tour title.

Kaufman, the 23-year-old former LSU player from Birmingham, Alabama, had two double bogeys on the back nine in a closing 1-over 73 to finish at 10-under 278 at Victoria National. He matched the course record with a 64 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead into the final round.

Kaufman earned $108,000 to jump from 28th to fourth on the money list with $159,535. He was coming off consecutive fourth-place ties in the Louisiana Open and Mexico Championship after missing the cuts in his first three starts of the year.

Jonathan Randolph (69), Adam Long (73) and Ryan Spears (74) tied for second.

(Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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