Rory McIlroy
McIlroy cruised to victory in Charlotte.Getty Images

Rory McIlroy further enhanced his status as world number one with a dominant victory at the Wells Fargo Championship with a record tournament score of 267 at Quail Hollow.

The 26-year-old finished on 21-under par, seven shots clear of American pair Patrick Rodgers and Webb Simpson who were tied for second on seven-under, to clinch an 11th PGA Tour career win.

Leading by four shots overnight, McIlroy broke the tournament record set by Anthony Kim in 2008 with a fourth round 69 which included five birdies to thrust himself back into contention in the Fedex Cup rankings where he now lies third.

"I feel like as the best player in the world, I want to go at it every week and, not so much prove it, but just show that," McIlroy said.

"Everything is firing on all cylinders for me. I'm a more controlled player these days. I've learned how to finish things off.

"I felt if I made six birdies there was no chance of anybody catching me. I did what I wanted the last few weeks, got a couple of wins, got myself up the Fedex Cup standings and solidified my positions in the rankings."

After winning the WGC Cadillac Match Play Championships in early May, victory in Charlotte represents the Northern Irishman's second win in three tournaments, a fifth straight finish inside the top 11 in 2015.

McIlroy's impressive run of form comes ahead of one of the busiest periods of the season, with the Briton defending his PGA Championship title at Wentworth this week less than a month out from the second major of the year at the US Open in June.