McIlroy Holds on for Victory at the PGA Championship

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy clinched the fourth Major victory of his career with a thrilling one shot win at the PGA Championship.

 

Source: David Cannon/ Getty Images

Source: David Cannon/ Getty Images

 

Coming off a dominant victory at the British Open, McIlrory was made to work much harder this time at the Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky, with a number of players making a charge during the final round.

 

After being delayed by two hours due to torrential rain and flooding, McIlroy began the final round with a one stroke lead.

 

The chasing pack were hot on the Northern Irishman’s tail heading into the final round, and once it got underway the pack that included Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, and Henrik Stenson managed to draw level at the top of the leaderboard.

 

Fowler was the first to break away from the group when he chipped in on the fifth hole to take a one stroke lead.

 

His time alone at the top didn’t last long as Mickelson and Stenson soon joined him at 14 under.

 

But just when it looked like McIlroy was going to fade into the background, he rejoined Fowler and Mickelson at the top of the leaderboard.

 

With it all on the line McIlroy recovered from a fairway bunker on the 17th to birdie the hole and take a two shot lead with one hole to play.

 

But their was still one twist to come with Mickelson almost chipping in on the 18th which would have drawn him level with McIlroy.

 

But instead he had to settle for a birdie, meaning that all the leader had to do was par the final hole.

 

Despite rushing to avoid the impending darkness, McIlroy recovered from a green side to bunker on the 18th to two putt the hole and clinch a memorable win.

 

Having led the British Open from start to finish, the young world number one said that it was nice to come from behind to win this one.

 

“To win it in this fashion and this style, it means a lot.

 

“It means that I know that I can do it.

 

“I know that I can come from behind. I know that I can mix it up with the best players in the world down the stretch in a major and come out on top,” said McIlroy.

 

 

His win means that he joins Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only golfers in the modern era to have won four majors before the age of 26.

 

Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget

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