Rory McIlroy Dominates PGA Championship - Wins By Record Eight Strokes
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy came out swinging to begin his PGA career. At 22, he recorded his first major victory at the 2011 US Open. The young phenom experienced lull in performance when it came to Major Championships in the following year. That all changed Sunday when McIlroy got that very illusive second major victory. McIlroy won the 2012 PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina.
It had been 14 months since his last major victory and McIlroy was beginning to come under a bit of scrutiny from the press and golf fans around the world. He ended any doubts when he won the PGA Championship by a tournament record eight strokes. The previous winning record of seven strokes was held by one of the greatest golfers of all time – Jack Nicklaus. The record had stood since 1980.
Finishing 13-under-par, McIlroy absolutely crushed a stacked field, including the closest chasers David Lynn, by eight strokes and defending champion Keegan Bradley and fellow Oakley golfer Ian Poulter, by nine. In doing so, McIlroy became the first golfer this year to secure the victory on the final day after being the 54 hole leader. His win also ended a streak of 16 consecutive majors with different winners. Finally, his triumph at the PGA Championship rocketed the young star back into the number one position in the official world golf rankings for the third time in his career.
“I was a little frustrated with how I was playing earlier in the year, McIlroy said. “And there were a few people pushing the panic button for no good reason. To be honest, I wanted to go out there and prove people wrong. That’s what I did. It took me all of four weeks to get my game back in shape and get out of my mini-slump, and this is the result.”
If anybody gave McIlroy any trouble over the weekend, it was fellow Oakley golfer, Ian Poulter. The Englishman came within two shots of McIlroy twice on the weekend, but in the end, McIlroy was unbeatable, finishing his final round 66 without a bogey.
“Rory has obviously played some immense golf out there today and when he plays golf like he’s playing this week, and obviously the last couple of days, he’s very impressive to watch,” Poulter said about his younger competitor. “You know, everybody should take note; the guy’s pretty good.”
McIlroy won the Honda Classic in March and has been in contention in numerous tournaments since. His much needed win at the PGA Championship came at the perfect time for the youngster. Topping the field in the last major of the year, McIlroy will head into the remainder of the season as the World Number 1 ranked golfer, while booming with confidence.
Congratulations to Rory on his record-breaking performance at the PGA Championship and best of luck the rest of the season.