Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy ended his drought in convincing fashion Sunday.
The four-time major tournament winner went on a final-round birdie binge to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. It was his first victory since 2016. McIlroy pulled away at the end with five birdies on the last six holes for an 8-under par 64.
As dominant as his win was, McIlroy shared the spotlight with Tiger Woods, who finished eight shots back.
It wasn't long ago that Woods was golf's greatest player and a global sports icon. His dramatic downfall is well-known, as a sex scandal and injuries knocked him off his pedestal.
Now, for the second week in a row, Woods almost won a tournament. That's saying a lot when you consider Woods essentially has been wandering in a golf desert for the better part of five years — his legendary career derailed by debilitating back problems.
But since the beginning of this year, he has been mounting a dramatic comeback. And Sunday's final round gave Woods and his fans more reason for optimism.