Rory McIlroy wins PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy wins PGA Championship
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy held off fierce competition from English professional Ian Poulter to take the crown in the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island yesterday (August 12th).

The 23-year-old claimed his second major victory by eight shots - the same margin as he enjoyed in his first at the US Open in 2011.

During the tournament, which resulted in McIlroy returning to the summit of the official world golf rankings, the talented youngster closed with a 66 - which followed a 67 earlier in the day after a rain-interrupted third round - to become the fifth youngest player in history to win two major titles.

The only four players to beat him were Young Tom Morris more than a century ago, as well as John McDermott, Gene Sarazen and Seve Ballesteros.

Tiger Woods, who was joint leader at the halfway stage of the competition, finished the tournament in 11th place and is likely to remember his final round most for being attacked by a prickly pear cactus.

Speaking after winning the first tournament to have 99 of the official world rankings top 100 in it, McIlroy said the victory was taking some time to sink in.

He said: "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.

"Thanks dad and thanks mum - I'm sure she's watching at home. I had a good feeling at the start, but I never imagined doing this."

Meanwhile, Ian Poulter's attempt to overhaul McIlroy from the top spot in the PGA Championship stood him in good stead for the upcoming Ryder Cup team selection after it was thought he could be named as one of the Captain's Picks.

When Spanish professional Sergio Garcia missed the cut on Friday in South Carolina, the Englishman knew he was in with a chance of breaking into the top ten of the World Points List with a good performance at the weekend.

However, his fine display was more than simply solid, as six birdies in the first seven holes during the final round put him in contention for a first major victory, before McIlroy eventually romped home to win and Poulter shared third place.

Poulter is now in a good position to make a fourth appearance in the Ryder Cup, either as a late mover into the automatic spots or as a Captain's Pick as one of the current form-men in European golf.ADNFCR-1532-ID-801427498-ADNFCR

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