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Rory McIlroy proved he is back to top form by securing his second major, the US PGA Championship. He achieved this at a younger age than Tiger Woods. At the time the London Olympics flame was being distinguished, the 23-year-old’s golden talent stood out at Kiawah Island, South Carolina. This win returned him to world number one in the world and added to his major triumph at the US Open last year. This first win was by a margin of eight shots and now again his PGA win was by a magnificent eight shots, a record for the US PGA Championship. In second place was a stunned David Lynn who had the performance of his life and only found out after he had finished that it gained him a spot in the 2013 Masters at Augusta. Wood was left behind is 4th place after battling with his swing throughout the day.
The US PGA was the first tournament to have 99 of the top 100 in the World Rankings playing and a delighted McIlroy said: “I don’t think I have let it sink in yet. It was a great round of golf, I am speechless. The game-plan was just to play solid. I got off to a bit of a shaky start, but settled into it and I thought my putting today was phenomenal.” Rory closed with a 66 after a third round 67 earlier in the day as the third round had to be completed due to a rain delay. McIlroy, who had a run four missed cuts in five starts became the fifth youngest player in history to win two majors. The top four are Young Tom Morris, John McDermott, Gene Sarazen and Seve Ballesteros.
275 Rory McIlroy (N.I) 67 75 67 66
283 David Lynn (Eng) 73 74 68 68
284 Keegan Bradley (USA) 68 77 71 68
Justin Rose (Eng) 69 79 70 66
Ian Poulter (Eng) 70 71 74 69
Carl Pettersson (Swe) 66 74 72 72
285 Steve Stricker (USA) 74 73 67 71
Peter Hanson (Swe) 69 75 70 71
Jamie Donaldson (Wal) 69 73 73 70
Blake Adams (USA) 71 72 75 67
England’s Ian Poulter produced a fantastic last round comeback that at one point had him within one shot of McIlroy. Poulter had a run of five successive birdies to move up the leader board but then in the back nine lost his momentum with three successive bogies to finish tied third to move him into the reckoning for the Ryder Cup with two weeks of Europe’s race to go. Sharing third place were another Englishman, Justin Rose, Swede Carl Pettersson and defending champion Keegan Bradley.
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