Rory McIlroy Wins PGA Championship – Recap
Rory McIlroy fired a final round 6-under 66, and finished at a 13-under, 275, for the tournament, to coast to an eight-stroke win in the PGA Championship in Kiawah, South Carolina on Sunday.
The PGA Championship annually represents the final golf Major Championship of the year.
McIlroy finished eight strokes ahead of David Lynn, who finished in second place, with a 5-under 283, while Justin Rose, Keegan Bradley, Ian Poulter, and Carl Pettersson finished in a four-way tie for third place, all at a 4-under 284.
Tiger Woods, who was the co-leader after the second round, struggled in the last two rounds, and finished at a 2-under 286, which tied him for 11th. Woods is still searching for his first Major Championship since 2008.
The eight-shot win by McIlroy broke the record set by Jack Nicklaus in 1980 for the largest margin of victory in a PGA Championship.
The Northern Irishman shot a 67 (-5) in opening round play on Thursday, a 75 (+3) on Friday, a 67 (-5) on Saturday, and a final round 66 (-6) on Sunday.
For the 23-year old McIlroy, it’s his first PGA Championship win in his young career, and his second career major title, after capturing the U.S. Open back in 2011, an event that he also won by eight strokes.
McIlroy’s previous best finish at the PGA Championship was third, in both 2009, and 2010.