Rory McIlroy bags back-to-back majors with US PGA triumph
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Rory McIlroy has backed up his British Open win with another quick-fire major by winning the US PGA Championship. The win marks back-to-back majors for McIlroy as well as being his 4th major in his young career so far.
Rory didn't have things all his own way this time out however as he faced huge challenges from Americans Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. The final round at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky was also hit by heavy rain and a big delay with Mickelson and Fowler unusually having to stand to the side while McIlroy teed off on his final hole in a race to get the tournament finished before night fell.
After beginning his round one shot clear of the chasing pack, McIlroy endured somewhat of a nightmare front nine with a couple of dropped shots. He found himself 3 shots adrift of the new leader Fowler at the turn and needed to show something rather special to get back in contention.
That special something came at the 10th hole with a stunning eagle that brought him back to within a shot of the lead. That gave the Irishman the momentum and he duly kicked on for a fantastic back nine that saw him overtake both Fowler and Mickelon to win the competition by a single stroke over Fowler with Mickelson and Henrik Stenson a further shot back.
McIlroy could hardly believe it himself saying "I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I would have a summer like this. To win a fourth major here, to be one behind Phil, one behind Seve, level with Ernie, level with Raymond Floyd, I never thought I’d get this far at 25 years of age."
McIlroy has become the first golfer to win two majors in a row since Padraig Harrington managed it back in 2008. It could signal a period of dominance akin to what Tiger Woods enjoyed in his prime as McIlroy is in the form of his life heading into the Ryder Cup.