Rory wins PGA Championship


McIlroy validated his record-setting U.S. Open win last year and one last birdie from 25 feet on the 18th hole gave him a 6-under 66 for an eight-shot victory, breaking the PGA Championship record for margin of victory that Jack Nicklaus set in 1980. In the meantime the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland:

• Returned to No. 1 in the world &
• Became the youngest player since Seve Ballesteros to win two majors (Tiger Woods was about four months older than McIlroy when he won his second major…)

Like the U.S. Open he won just 14 months ago, this one was never seriously in doubt.

McIlroy seized control with back-to-back birdies Sunday morning to complete the storm-delayed third round with a 67 and build a three-shot lead. No one got closer than two shots the rest of the way, and McIlroy closed out a remarkable week by playing bogey-free over the final 23 holes of a demanding Ocean Course – rated the toughest in the country and one where two tee box microphones were gobbled up by alligators this week…. McIlroy topped David Lynn by eight and a group of four players, including defending champion Keegan Bradley and Ian Poulter, by nine.

Rory smashed the strongest field of the year, where the top 100 golfers in the world competed by overpowering the sun-baked course with abundant drives of more than 350 yards and rolled to victory in the year’s last major, finishing on 13-under 275.

The win ends a streak of the last 16 majors going to 16 different winners. McIlroy joined Woods, Harrington and Mickelson as the only players to win majors in consecutive years over the last two decades.

Not once during the final round did the kid look like he was going to lose this one – a massive congrats to Rory on another super performance.


Neil Sutton


August 13, 2012