McIlroy storms to victory

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Rory McIlroy claimed his second major title with an eight-shot win at the USPGA Championship at Kiawah Island.

Rory McIlroy claimed his second major title with an eight-shot win at the USPGA Championship at Kiawah Island.

On a day when his rivals faltered, McIlroy stood firm to become the fifth youngest player to win two major titles.

The Northern Irishman held a three-shot lead after the third round – which was postponed due to rain and completed on Sunday morning – and never looked back, finishing on thirteen-under-par.

Only Ian Poulter looked like he may threaten McIlory as he opened with six birdies in the first seven holes. However, the Englishman endured a run of a different nature on the back nine, bogeying four of the last six holes, to end on just four-under-par.

Carl Pettersson had begun the day as McIlroy’s closest challenger but the Swede was dealt a killer blow when he incurred a two-shot penalty on the first hole for grounding his club in a hazard. Four birdies on the remaining eight holes on the front nine suggested he may still be able to muster a charge but he faded to four-under and a tie of third.

The likes of Tiger Woods and Adam Scott were unable to produce the goods when it mattered, with Woods struggling to a 72 and a final score of two-under where he was joined by Scott who carded a closing 73.

There where low rounds on the day though, with David Lynn propelled into second place thanks to a 68. Justin Rose notched up eight birdies on his way to a 66 and a score of four-under where he was joined by among others 2011 champion Keegan Bradley who closed with a 68.

However, none of Sunday’s strong finishers had begun the day in a position to challenge McIlroy who certainly didn’t cave under the pressure of the occasion.

The 23-year-old, who moves back to world number one thanks to his victory, didn’t blot his copy book once as he produced six birdies to shoot a 66.

Such was McIlroy’s dominance that his eight-shot margin of victory eclipsed the previous record winning margin set by Jack Nicklaus in 1980.

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