Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship title at Kiawah Island on Sunday, after completing his third round, and then teeing off again in the final round. Rory won by this title by a massive eight shots over second placed David Lynn. Rory’s total was -13 under par, with David in second spot at -5 under par.
Rory said the achievement had not yet sunk in;
”I don’t think I have let it sink in yet, it was a great round of golf. I just wanted to play solid, as I did all the way through the week. I got off to a shaky start but settled into it and my putting was phenomenal. It has been an incredible week, I had a good feeling about it at the start but I never imagined I would do this. It means an awful lot to look at the names on the trophy and to put my name beside them is something special. To sit up here and see this trophy and call myself a multiple major champion. I know I’ve talked about it in the past, and not many people have done it. I just want to keep working hard, keep practising, and hopefully there’s a few more of these in my closet when my career finishes.”
David Lynn was alone in second place, his last round of -4 under par giving him a tournament total of -5 under par.
David explained why he has not played in America before;
” I’ve never been exempt to play anything in America, so that’s the reason why I’ve never been over here. To come and perform the way I have this week in a major is very special and a great achievement. It has not sunk in properly yet to be honest.”
David skipped last month’s Austrian Open to protect his top 100 world ranking, and earn a first spot in the PGA Championship.This was just his second major after featuring in the 2003 British Open, where he finished tied for 53rd.
“I got the phone call the Tuesday of the week before the tournament and flew out on Sunday. Turning up at the course for the first time, there was more excitement than nerves. I’m about to play my first event in America and I’m going to see a lot of faces that I’ve seen on television, so that was good. Watching the 1991 Ryder Cup here, it was always a place that intrigued me. I mean, visually from the air, it looks amazing and it’s not disappointing when you turn up here. I have to say, with the wind, it probably is a little bit European. I noticed that I think there was eight players in the top 10 going into today’s round were European. The only thing I’ve struggled with this week is the humidity. I’ve been wearing a rain glove because my hands get quite sweaty. It has been quite hot and humid, but it’s lived up to its expectations for me. I’ve loved the golf course, and the crowds has been fantastic, everything has been great.”
There were four players tied in third place; Keegan Bradley, Justin Rose, Carl Pettersson and Ian Poulter. Ian had it at -8 under par at one point during the final round, and at the time was only one shot behind Rory, but he let it slip away. Ian said of his great start to the day;
“I guess it was a dream start, birdieing the first five holes. I put myself in position, which was great. I couldn’t ask for a better nine holes and then obviously birdieing 11 and 12 was also pretty good, too. So I put myself in position and I guess I run out of a little bit of steam coming around the turn on 13, 14, 15. I come unstuck right there. Just disappointing to bogey the last, really. I didn’t press at all. I still felt that I had to get through that stretch of holes. There was no case of pressing in any way, shape or form. I just thought I needed not to make any mistakes and unfortunately I made three on the spin which was a real shame. Rory has obviously played some immense golf out there today and when he plays golf like he’s playing this week, and especially the last couple of days, he’s very impressive to watch. You know, everybody should take note; the guy’s pretty good.”
For your information, Tiger Woods finished at -2 under par for the tournament, eleven shots off the pace, it makes you wonder if he really has another Major in him.