McIlroy wins USPGA title by eight shots
Rory McIlroy has won the USPGA Championship
Only a month after people were asking what had gone wrong, Rory McIlroy on Sunday night proved everything is all right by storming to his second major - and at a younger age than Tiger Woods managed it.
The 23-year-old's talent shone like a beacon at Kiawah Island in South Carolina as he returned to world number one by adding the USPGA title to his US Open last year. The first came by eight shots and so did the second, this time a championship record margin over England's world number 98 David Lynn in what was the performance of his life.
This one also had the added satisfaction of leaving Woods trailing in his wake. Closing with a 66 to follow a 67 earlier in the day - the third round had to be completed first - McIlroy, who admitted during the summer that he may have taken his eye off the ball during a run of four missed cuts in five starts, becomes the fifth youngest player in history to win two majors.
The only four to beat him were Young Tom Morris nearly 150 years ago, John McDermott just before the First World War, Gene Sarazen just after it and Seve Ballesteros. The previous biggest margin was Jack Nicklaus' seven strokes at Oak Hill in 1980.
Joint halfway leader Woods, who missed McIlroy's initial success in Washington through injury, finished down in 11th place, his Sunday destined to be remembered most for him being attacked by a prickly pear cactus.
It was England's Ian Poulter who staged a stirring last-round comeback that threatened for a while to turn the final major of the season into a thriller, but in the end it was 38-year-old Lynn, playing only his second major and with one victory in 370 European Tour events, who finished strongest to claim the runner-up spot and with it a debut in the Masters next April.
Lynn was always there or thereabouts during the week - a week that also nearly brought an early demise when he came close to stepping on an alligator - and birdies at the 16th and 17th meant he walked away with a cheque for over Â£557,000.
He has also leapt into the reckoning for the Ryder Cup with two weeks of Europe's race to go.
Poulter birdied the first five holes, six of the first seven and from six shots behind teeing off narrowed his deficit to just one.
Runner-up to Padraig Harrington in the 2008 Open, Poulter's burst came unstuck on the back nine, however, and he had to settle for a share of third with another Englishman, Justin Rose, Swede Carl Pettersson and defending champion Keegan Bradley.
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Well done Rory. Fantastic! Shame about people like Raymond Chambers!!!!!!!
Well done what a perfect way to finish off with another first for Great Britain.
these little Islands can churn them out. English, Welsh, Scots, Irish (on both sides of the Border) brimming with talent. If only the government gave proper support, even more would shine through
FA - Take a look at all these sportsmen putting the Pride back into GREAT BRITAIN. Step up to the mark FA and Football Premiership.
Well done Rory. Also to David lynn, Poulter & Rose.
& europeans in the top 10 not bad really.
Just concentrate on your golf Rory, you will do more.
Glad dad was there to congraulate you.
Looking forward to more golf soon.