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After last year’s PGA Championship, players from Northern Ireland had won four of the last 11 major championships (2010 U.S. Open/ Graeme McDowell, 2011 U.S. Open/Rory McIlroy, 2011 British Open/Darren Clarke and 2012 PGA Championship/Rory McIlroy). Rory McIlroy is the first player from Northern Ireland to win the PGA Championship. He is the first player from the United Kingdom to win the PGA Championship since Tommy Armour in 1930.


Since 1972, McIlroy is only the third player from the United Kingdom to win multiple major championships, joining Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle, who both won the Masters Tournament and the British Open at least once.


Championship. Palmer—whose father was a PGA club professional—finished second three times, while Watson lost a playoff to John Mahaffey in 1978 at Oakmont Country Club. It was the only championship that kept them from completing the career Grand Slam.


REMEMBER THIS? Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy proved that his record-setting U.S. Open victory at Congressional in 2011 was no fluke by demolishing the field at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course for an eight-stroke victory in last year’s PGA Championship. His victory shattered the record for the margin of victory that Jack Nicklaus set at Oak Hill in 1980 and, at 23, he became the youngest player to win two majors since the late Seve Ballesteros. McIlroy took charge with consecutive


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birdies to complete the storm-delayed third round with a 67 that gave him a three-stroke lead and he dominated, playing bogey-free golf over the final 23 holes.


“It was a great round of golf and I’m speechless,” said McIlroy. “It’s just been incredible. I had a good feeling about it at the start. I never imagined I’d do this.” For the record, David Lynn, a 38-year-old from England who was playing in America for the first time, finished with a 68 and was the runner-up.


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Tiger Woods, who shared the 36-hole lead for the second time in a 2012 major, failed to get closer to McIlroy than four strokes. It was the first time he failed to break par on the weekend at a major in his professional career. “He’s very good,” Woods said. “We all know the talent he has. He went through a little spell this year, and I think that was good for him. We all go through those spells in our careers. He’s got all the talent in the world to do what he’s doing. And this is the way that Rory can play. When he gets it going, it’s pretty impressive to watch.” And he should be for a long time to


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How Was It Won? Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship with balanced play. Here are some numbers: ■ He tied for eighth in Total Putts (109). ■ He tied for 13th in Driving Accuracy (48 of 72 or 66.7 percent). ■ He tied for 42nd in Driving Accuracy (37 of 56 or 66.1 percent).


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