Major distinction for Kiawah Island

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Kiawah Island in South Carolina has been awarded its second major tournament, the 2021 PGA Championship.

The golf resort’s Ocean Course last played host to the 2012 PGA Championship, which ended in an eight-stroke victory for World No 1 Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy shot a bogey-free 66 in the final round to set a record for the largest margin of victory in the major.

The PGA of America confirmed on Friday that Kiawah Island would be handed the honour of hosting the PGA Championship for a second time.

Previously, the Pete Dye-designed Ocean Course also hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup.

“Ever since The Ocean Course was introduced to the world, it has been a supreme test for the greatest players in golf,” PGA of America President Derek Sprague said in a press release.

“From a down-to-the-last putt thriller of a Ryder Cup in 1991 to Rory McIlroy closing a record-setting performance in the 2012 PGA Championship, there has never been a shortage of thrills on The Ocean Course. We anticipate that tradition of excellence continuing in 2021 at the PGA Championship.”

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