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McIlroy holds off Furyk to win Players

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy managed to block out all the noise, all the distractions, and this was long before he even reached the pivotal three-hole finish at the TPC Sawgrass to win The Players Championship.

McIlroy, more than any other player, has been looked upon as golf's next big thing in the decade since age and injuries began to slow Tiger Woods.

Jack Nicklaus took to Twitter on Sunday night for memories of the time McIlroy first came to meet with him ahead of the 2010 Masters, and a few months later the precocious 20-year-old from Northern Ireland shot 62 on the final day at Quail Hollow for his first PGA Tour victory.

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Money Leaders: PGA Tour
Rank Player Earnings
1 Rory McIlroy $4,580,008
2 Xander Schauffele $3,530,861
3 Matt Kuchar $3,126,308
4 Gary Woodland $2,844,374
5 Dustin Johnson $2,779,602
6 Brooks Koepka $2,614,650
7 Marc Leishman $2,470,106
8 Charles Howell III $2,454,912
9 Justin Thomas $2,438,588
10 Rickie Fowler $2,430,167
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