McILROY LASTS THE DISTANCE.
RORY McILROY chipped in at the last on an unbeaten day for eight members of last year's European Ryder Cup team at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain.
The 22-year-old beat South Africa's double US Open champion Retief Goosen and said: "I don't do it the easy way, that's for sure.
"But if I go to 18 and win every time, I wouldn't mind - and I'm excited about the next couple of days."
His second group game is against Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts before the event goes into its knock-out stages at the weekend.
His Ryder Cup team-mates who also won were Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer and Miguel Angel Jimenez, while Ian Poulter and Francesco Molinari halved with each other.
Padraig Harrington will miss next week's PGA Championship at Wentworth after aggravating a knee injury, the three-times Major champion said yesterday.
The Irishman originally hurt his knee during the Wells Fargo tournament earlier this month and the problem flared up again at last week's Players Championship in Florida.
"I continued to have physio on what was originally a hamstring tear, which caused the popliteus muscle to become inflamed," Harrington, who has slumped to 43 in the world rankings, said on his website.
"This resulted in the inability to stabilise my knee, causing acute pain."
RELIEF McIlroy earned a late victory over Goosen