Rory McIlroy believes good karma may have been the reason he triumphed at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in San Francisco.
McIlroy, who turned 26 the day after the win, was due to fly to Las Vegas on Saturday night to watch the boxing, but gave his tickets to Lee Westwood and friend Harry Diamond because his match against Paul Casey went to extra holes.
Instead of enjoying the plush surroundings of the MGM Arena, McIlroy watched the bout on a wide screen in the media tent.
“I am a big believer in karma,” said the Northern Irishman. “I don’t know, obviously I think I give myself a much better chance of watching it in there than trying to make it to Vegas, that’s for sure.”
McIllroy say off American Gary Woodland 4&2 in the final at Harding Park, after seeing off Jim Furyk in the semi-final.