Monday, 13 August 2012
A young guy dominating a major in record fashion, wearing red, hugging his father on the 18th green.
Haven't we seen this before?
Rory McIlroy put together his best young Tiger Woods impression in the US PGA Championship to blitz the field by a record eight shots for his second major on Sunday, returning to world No.1 in the process and continuing what could be a long legacy on the sport.
McIlroy waltzed home with a final round bogey-free six under 66 at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island to finish at 13 under par for the tournament, eight clear of Englishman David Lynn (68) who was second alone at five under par.
The eight shot margin bettered Jack Nicklaus' PGA record seven shot win in 1980. Englishmen Justin Rose (66) and Ian Poulter (69), defending champion American Keegan Bradley (68), and Swede Carl Pettersson (72) were tied third at four under par.
Adam Scott (73) and Geoff Ogilvy (70) were the best of the Australian's in a tie for 11th, a distant 11 shots off the pace.
"It's just an incredible day," McIlroy beamed with the Wanamaker trophy in his grasp.
"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, and yeah, I'm very privileged to join such an elite list of names."
The 23-year-old McIlroy also won the 2011 US Open by eight shots over Australian Jason Day.
He is the youngest PGA champion since it was converted to stroke play in 1958, the fourth youngest overall.
He joins Woods as the only two active players under age 40 with multiple major wins, his second victory coming in just his 17th start in a major.
Woods won his second of 14 majors in his 18th start at 23 years, seven months, 15 days.
McIlroy is 23 years, three months and eight days - making him the sixth youngest player to win two majors, putting him marginally ahead of Woods.
"I've won my second major at the same age as he had but he went on that incredible run in 2000, 2001, 2002 and won so many," McIlroy said.
"I'd love to sit up here and tell you that I'm going to do the same thing, but I just don't know.
"It's been great to win my first major last year and to back that up with another one this year; I can't ask for any more.
"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."
Woods, a co 36-hole leader, crashed over the weekend with rounds of 74 and 72 to join Scott and Ogilvy in a tie for 11th.
Marc Leishman (+1) finished in a tie for 27th, his best ever major result while John Senden (+2), Greg Chalmers (+2), Aaron Baddeley (+4) and Marcus Fraser (+10) rounded out the Australian tilt.