American Hunter Mahan won the World Golf Matchplay Championship on Sunday.
Mahan defeated Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy 2 and 1 in Tucson, Arizona to prevent McIlroy from passing Luke Donald of England into first place in the World Golf Rankings.
Mahan built a strong four hole lead after the first ten holes, before hanging on to the two hole advantage. Mahan earlier in the day defeated Mark Wilson of the United States in the semi-finals.
It has been a strong start to the year for Wilson, as in January he won the Humana Challenge (previously known as the Bob Hope Classic) in the standard 72 hole event for the first time in tournament history. Since the event’s beginning in 1960, the Bob Hope Classic has been 90 holes.
The World Matchplay Championships is the first of four golf events that are a part of the World Golf Championship. The WGC Cadillac Championship is in Miami in March, the WGC Bridgestone Invitational is in Akron, Ohio in August and the WGC HSBC Championship is in Shanghai, China in November.