McIlroy wins PGA Championship, vaults to No 1 spot
Rory McIlroy blitzed the field on a marathon Sunday at the PGA Championship, claiming his second major title with a record-setting eight-shot victory on the wind-swept Ocean Course.other Updated: Aug 13, 2012 23:00 IST
Rory McIlroy blitzed the field on a marathon Sunday at the PGA Championship, claiming his second major title with a record-setting eight-shot victory on the wind-swept Ocean Course.
The 23-year-old Northern Irishman surpassed Luke Donald to become the No 1 ranked player in the world as he closed with a six-under 66 in the final major championship of the season.
McIlroy capped his brilliant bogey-free performance with a 24-foot birdie putt on the last hole to reach a 13-under 275 total.
“I played solid all throughout the week,” McIlroy said. “I thought my putting today was phenomenal.
“It has been an incredible week. I had a good feeling about it at the start. But I never imagined to do this.”
The challengers all fell by the wayside as McIlroy earned his second dominating major championship win. He won the 2011 US Open also by a whopping eight strokes. England's David Lynn finished alone in second after shooting a four-under 68 to finish at five-under 283. Justin Rose (66), Ian Poulter (69), Keegan Bradley (68) and McIlroy's playing partner Carl Pettersson (72) finished in a four-way tie for third at four-under 284.
Blake Adams, Jamie Donaldson, Peter Hanson and Steve Stricker all finished at three under, 10 shots adrift of McIlroy.
McIlroy, who earned $1.4 million in prize money, ended up having to play 27 holes on Sunday. He began his fourth round with a three-stroke lead after finishing off nine holes of the suspended third round early Sunday.
More than three inches (seven centimeters) of rain have fallen on the Kiawah Island Golf Resort course this week resulting in some of the most difficult playing conditions ever for a PGA Championship and creating problems with the scheduling.
McIlroy became the first player this year to convert a 54-hole lead in a Major championship into a victory.