LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever Sunday to win the PGA Championship.
On a back nine filled with clutch shots and as much tension as a major can provide, McIlroy emerged from a four-man race to outlast Phil Mickelson and the darkness at Valhalla to capture his second straight major.
McIlroy closed with a 3-under 68 and became only the fourth player in the last century of golf to win four majors at 25 or younger. The others were Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones, three of the game's greatest players.
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''I didn't think in my wildest dreams I'd have a summer like this,'' said McIlroy, only the seventh player to win the last two majors of the year. ''I played the best golf of my life. I really gutted it out today.''
But one of the greatest shows on soggy turf came with a most peculiar ending.
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