Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Rory McIlroy runs away with the PGA Championship

By Darren

Rory McIlroy finished the 2012 PGA Championship on Sunday a record thirteen under par.Not only did he play his best game, he may have completed the best all around PGA Championship performance ever.McIlroy finished eight strokes ahead of the field, which is the largest margin of victory in the history of the PGA Championship, which has been played for 94 years now.  The previous record was held by the great Jack Nicklaus, who won the 1980 PGA Championship by seven strokes over the field.  This however is not the first time McIlroy has won by such a margin, as he thrilled the crowd at the 2011 US Open by winning by eight strokes as well.

            What Rory McIlroy was able to complete on Sunday was nothing short of amazing.  After a weather shortened day on Saturday at Kiawah Island, McIlroy was forced to finish the last 27 holes on Sunday and he made it look easy.  Rory did not make a single bogey over his final 23 holes, after starting the day tied for the lead with Vijay Singh at -6 .  McIlroy finished his third round with a five under 67, only to outdo himself in the final 18 holes with a six under 66.  After the first 36 holes McIlroy was tied with both Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh for the lead, but Rory proved once Sunday came that this is his time.  Winning his second major by an amazing eight strokes he proved that he deserves the number one World Golf Ranking and that he could be the one to challenge the 18 major victories set by Jack Nicklaus, and not so much Tiger anymore.  At just 23 years old McIlroy is the youngest golfer to win his second major since Steve Ballesteros, not to mention he is a little bit more than four months younger than Tiger was when he won his second major.  Although Tiger went on an amazing run immediately following his second win it doesn’t seem out of reach for McIlroy to follow suit after witnessing what he is capable of following Sundays dominating performance.  While it would be silly to think Tiger is not still capable of challenging the record 18 major victories of Nicklaus it doesn’t seem likely at this point.  Woods’ last major victory was in the 2008 US Open, over four years ago. 

            With a future so bright it will interesting to see if McIlroy can finish the season strong and pick up where he left off on Sunday.  Not to mention as Tiger continues to improve his game again it will be incredible to see these two guys battle it out at the top of their games’.  Rory McIlroy proved that he is in fact the best golfer in the world right now, and will possibly be for a long time to come. 

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