By Ron Kroichick
Three weeks later, Rory McIlroy offered his answer: Hey, Jordan, I’m still here.
McIlroy did not slip his arms into a green jacket Sunday in San Francisco, but he still made a loud statement with his first 2015 victory on U.S. soil. He smacked majestic drives, hit laser-like approach shots and drained clutch putts on seven spotless trips around Harding Park.
And so, 21 days after Jordan Spieth won the Masters and announced his readiness to challenge for the throne, McIlroy responded by winning the Match Play Championship. He danced the tightrope Sunday morning, outlasting Paul Casey and surging past Jim Furyk, and then rolled to an emphatic, 4-and-2 victory over Gary Woodland in the title match.