Rory McIlroy shines at the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship. GETTY IMAGES

The Northern Irishman delivered a masterclass in the second half of the championship, going eight under par over eight holes. He finished with a double bogey. The world number two, who has not won a major in a decade, is already thinking about the PGA Championship at Valhalla, the second major of the season.

Rory McIlroy seems to be back on top of his game. He has always been an impressive player with a very precise technical ability. Now he is a player in form and enjoying himself. That is why he has not won a major in ten years. But he is on the verge of making a comeback in the world's most important tournaments.

McIlroy won the Wells Fargo for the fourth time this year (2010, 2015, 2021, 2024) and now has 26 titles to his name on the American PGA circuit. He has now won twice this season, including the recent Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

Last weekend, he gave a masterclass in the second half of the course as he cruised to victory in the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow on Sunday. He carded a final round of six-under-par 65. McIlroy started the day one shot behind Xander Schauffele. The American's eagle on the seventh hole put him two shots behind. 

Rory McIlroy is set to repeat at Valhalla in the second major of the season, the PGA Championship. GETTY IMAGES
Rory McIlroy is set to repeat at Valhalla in the second major of the season, the PGA Championship. GETTY IMAGES

The world number two then went on a sensational run of form. He went eight under over the next eight holes, including a couple of eagles. Sublime.

"I just got going in a way that I can do on this course for some reason," said McIlroy after his fourth victory at Quail Hollow. The first of his 26 PGA Tour victories came as a 20-year-old in 2010. McIlroy's round was marred by a double bogey on the 18th, where he found the water beyond the green. But the Northern Irishman's total was the best of the day. 

McIlroy won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event with Shane Lowry last month. He now heads into the second major of the season, the PGA Championship at Valhalla, on a winning note. McIlroy has not won a major since winning his fourth title at Valhalla ten years ago. But he is in good spirits. It was there that he won his last major. 

"My golf swing feels a lot more comfortable than it did before. So when I go to the place where I won next week, it's like the stars are aligning a little bit," the 35-year-old said. "But I've got a lot of golf to play and a lot of great players to try and beat next week. But I'm going into the next major of the year feeling really good about myself," he added.

His performance at Wells Fargo began with a birdie on the first hole. He followed it up with another on the fourth. No one could have guessed what was in store for this player who, when on form, is a delight for the fans.

Schauffele stood up to him and forced him. McIlroy missed his 10-foot birdie putt to fall two shots behind. Schauffele knew he could take a risk and put McIlroy in trouble. McIlroy birdied the next two holes, Schauffele could only par and then on the tenth, McIlroy's brilliant 34-foot putt earned him an eagle. 

That's when the battle began. Schauffele missed his eagle putt, lost his lead with a birdie and never regained it as he bogeyed holes 12, 13 and 16. McIlroy birdied the 13th and 14th, before the decisive blow came with an eagle on the 15th. He holled out from the bunker beside the green with a sublime shot to take a six-shot lead. The crowd appreciated it.

Schauffele finished on 71 par, a good score, but he accepted that McIlroy was simply unstoppable. "He's Rory McIlroy, you know? He hits the ball 350 yards in the air into the wind and has shorter clubs on firm greens than anybody. When he's in, he's in. You take your hat off to him," he added. McIlroy's form makes him a contender to win the US PGA. He has the backing of world number one Scottie Scheffler.