Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Rory McIlroy wins US PGA Championship at Valhalla

Northern Ireland golfer takes fourth Major title

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates with the Wanamaker trophy after his one-stroke victory during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates with the Wanamaker trophy
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is awarded the Wanamaker trophy by PGA of America President, Ted Bishop, after his one-stroke victory during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green with his father Gerry McIlroy during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 17th green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks near the 14th hole as fans look on during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green with his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Danny Willett, of England, hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Lee Westwood, of England, waves after making a birdie putt on the first hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: (L-R) Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and Phil Mickelson of the United States talk on the sixth tee during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rickie Fowler of the United States hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rickie Fowler of the United States and caddie Joseph Skovron walk across a bridge on the sixth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rickie Fowler of the United States hits a shot from a bunker on the seventh hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits a tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits a bunker shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits a bunker shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Henrik Stenson of Sweden hits a tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Jim Furyk of the United States hits his tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Ryan Palmer of the United States hits his tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Justin Rose of England hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: (L-R) Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland look on from the fifth tee during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rickie Fowler of the United States reacts on the fifth tee during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Ernie Els of South Africa hits his second shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits his tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot on the first hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up his putt on the first green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches a golf ball on the practice range during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Can Rory win yet another major this year?
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Tiger Woods of the United States and Phil Mickelson of the United States shake hands on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Phil Mickelson of the United States tips his cap on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Jim Furyk of the United States and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain shake hands on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Padraig Harrington of Ireland waits under an umbrella alongside caddie Ronan Flood before hitting his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Tiger Woods of the United States hits an approach shot from the rough on the sixth hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up his putt on the 13th green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 14th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 14th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves on the 18th green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves on the 18th green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks with his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald on the 12th hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hts a shot from the rough on the 12th hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands under an umbrella on the 15th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Martin Kaymer of Germany and Bubba Watson of the United States walk onto the 14th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Martin Kaymer of Germany and Bubba Watson of the United States walk onto the 14th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off the 15th tee under an umbrella during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of the bunker on the 12th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Matteo Manassero of Italy waits with his caddie Alberto Binaghi on the tenth hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Scott Stallings of the United States and his caddie Jon Yarborough walk across the tenth fairway during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Standing water is seen on the ninth green during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Tom Watson of the United States and his caddie Neil Oxman walk to the practice ground during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: David Hearn's caddie Brent Everson waits under an umbrella on the first tee during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Bob Sowards of the United States rides in a cart with his caddie near the clubhouse during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: A volunteer waits near the practice ground during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Members of the grounds crew clear water from a fairway during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Henrik Stenson of Sweden hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Chris Kirk of the United States hits his third shot from a bunker on the ninth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Jerry Kelly of the United States reacts on the ninth green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Hideto Tanihara of Japan hits his second shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Chris Wood of England hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a missed putt for birdie on the 16th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Steve Schneiter of the United States hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 14th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
Phil Mickelson hits out of the bunker on the 17th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Ian Poulter of England walks across the 18th green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Mikko Ilonen of Finland hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Jerry Smith of the United States hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Ian Poulter of England hits his second shot on the first hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Brian Harman of the United States hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Tiger Woods of the United States cross the bridge to the second tee during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rickie Fowler of the United States hits his tee shot on the tenth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan walks up the tenth fairway with his caddie Daisuke Shindo during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 06: (L-R) Tiger Woods of the United States and sports agent Mark Steinberg walk across a bridge during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 6, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: Jamie Donaldson of Wales waits with his caddie on a green during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: Lee Westwood of England crosses a bridge during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: Pablo Larrazabal of Spain lines up a shot with his caddie during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: (L-R) Gerry McIlory, father of Rory McIlroy (not pictured) talks Gala Alten, girlfriend of Pablo Larrazabal (not pictured) during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: (L-R) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Pablo Larrazabal of Spain walk on a tee during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, left, and Sergio Garcia, of Spain, walk along the foot bridge on the fourth hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Adam Scott, of Australia, speaks to the media during a news conference for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Justin Rose, of England, right, gets a putting lesson on the 17th hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of the bunker on the second hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, speaks to the media during a news conference before a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Rory McIlroy has won the US PGA Championship at Valhalla.

McIlroy claimed his second major title in four weeks and a third win in succession in a thrilling, weather-affected climax to the US PGA Championship on Sunday.

McIlroy carded a closing 68 at Valhalla to finish 16 under par, one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson after a remarkable final day which finished in near-darkness, with the lights blazing from the clubhouse behind the 18th green.

Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson had been part of a three-way tie for the lead with Mickelson on the back nine but dropped shots on the closing stretch to finish two behind McIlroy on 14 under.

A torrential downpour which flooded the course and caused a delay of almost two hours meant it was a race against time to get play finished, so much so that Mickelson and Fowler stood aside on the 18th to allow the final group to tee off.

McIlroy's drive finished dangerously close to the water to the right of the fairway, but a closing par was enough for the 25-year-old to become the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win back-to-back majors, his victories in the Open Championship and US PGA also sandwiched by a first World Golf Championship win in the Bridgestone Invitational last week.

Lifting the Wanamaker Trophy for the second time also makes the Northern Irishman the third youngest player after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win four majors, just one less than the total won by the late Seve Ballesteros and two behind Nick Faldo.

Rory McIlroy celebrates victory on the 18th green with his father Gerry McIlroy (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy celebrates victory on the 18th green with his father Gerry McIlroy (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

It was the fourth time McIlroy had held the 54-hole lead in a major, the first leading to heartache in the 2011 Masters when he was four ahead entering the final round at Augusta only to collapse to a closing 80.

Two months later he bounced back in spectacular style to win the US Open by eight shots at Congressional before winning the 2012 US PGA by the same margin at Kiawah Island.

Last month he led from start to finish at Royal Liverpool, taking a six-shot lead into the final round before going on to win by two from Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler.

This time he started the day with a one-shot lead but dropped two shots in his first six holes and trailed Fowler by three as he reached the turn, Fowler having recovered from a bogey on the second with four birdies in his next five holes.

The par-five 10th had cost McIlroy a double-bogey seven on Thursday but three days later he hit a fairway wood to seven feet and holed the eagle putt to get back into contention in stunning fashion.

Mickelson then birdied the 11th to join his playing partner Fowler in the lead, the pair exchanging fist-bumps as they walked to the 12th tee, and Stenson made it a three-way tie with a birdie on the 13th.

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Stenson had offered a prayer of thanks to the golfing Gods when his approach had just carried the water, only to three-putt the next to drop out of the lead and effectively end his chances of a first major title.

McIlroy missed good birdie chances on the 11th and 12th, the latter after seeing Mickelson in the group ahead hole from 30 feet across the green for an unlikely par.

But the world number one made no mistake from eight feet on the 13th to get back into a share of the lead with five holes remaining.

Fowler was the first to crack under the pressure after a wayward tee shot led to a bogey on the 14th, and when Mickelson bogeyed the 16th, McIlroy was back in the outright lead for the first time since the third hole.

As the light quickly faded, McIlroy delivered the killer blow with a birdie from nine feet on the 17th to enjoy a two-shot lead playing the last.

Mickelson did not seem happy with being asked to make way for McIlroy on the 18th but almost holed his pitch shot for an eagle, the birdie forcing McIlroy to make par for the win.

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Rory McIlroy factfile

1989: Born on May 4 in Holywood, Northern Ireland.

2005: Plays in his first professional European Tour event as a 16-year-old at The Forest of Arden. In July, shoots a course-record 61 on the Dunluce links at Royal Portrush.

2007: July - Shoots opening round of 68 in the Open at Carnoustie, the only bogey-free round of the day. Goes on to tie for 42nd and wins Silver Medal as leading amateur.

September 18 - Turns professional.

October - Finishes third in his second pro event, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The following week, he secures his card for the 2008 season by finishing joint fourth at the Open de Madrid.

2008: September 7 - Takes a four-shot lead into the final round at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland but bogeys the 18th to tie with Jean-Francois Lucquin, who goes on to win in a play-off. Finishes the season in the top 100 of the world rankings and ranked 36th on the European Tour Order of Merit.

November - Finishes second in the UBS Hong Kong Open, helping him become the youngest player ever to make the top 50 in the world rankings.

2009: February 1 - Wins first professional title at the Dubai Desert Classic by one shot from Justin Rose.

November - After finishing second to Lee Westwood in the Race to Dubai, enters the world's top 10 for the first time.

2010: May 2 - Secures first PGA Tour win with victory in the Quail Hollow Championship. His final-round 62 is a new course record. Becomes the first

player since Tiger Woods to triumph on the PGA Tour prior to his 21st birthday.

July 15 - Shoots 63 on the opening day at St Andrews to lead the Open. Rounds of 80, 68 and 69 see him finish joint third.

October 4 - Wins a crucial half point against Stewart Cink to help Europe win the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.

2011: April 10 - Takes four-shot lead into final round of the Masters at Augusta but shoots a closing 80 to finish tied 15th.

June 19 - Wins US Open at Congressional by eight shots for his first major title.

2012: March 4 - Wins the Honda Classic in Florida to claim the world number one ranking, although he later loses it to Luke Donald.

June - Misses the cut in the defence of his US Open title. Finishes a lowly 60th in the Open Championship at Royal Lytham the following month.

August 12 - Lands the US PGA title at Kiawah Island, winning by eight shots.

September 30 - Having almost missed his singles match due to a timekeeping issue, McIlroy beats Keegan Bradley as Europe recover from 10-6 behind on the final day to win the Ryder Cup at Medinah.

October/November - Second place at the BMW Masters in Shanghai is followed by third place at the Barclays Singapore Open as McIlroy wins the Race to Dubai with two events remaining.

November 25 - Wins the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, beating Justin Rose by two shots after five closing birdies.

2013: January 14 - Signs a multi-year sponsorship deal with Nike, reportedly worth up to £156million.

March - Walks off course in second round of Honda Classic, telling reporters he was "not in a good place mentally." His management company later issued a statement saying he was suffering from toothache.

June - Bends his nine-iron out of shape in frustration in the final round of the US Open at Merion, finishing 41st.

July - Labels his own play as "brain dead" after missing the cut in the Open at Muirfield.

September - Sets up his own management company, Rory McIlroy Inc, prompting a legal battle with former company Horizon Sports.

December - Wins first tournament of year in Australian Open.

2014: May - Wins BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth after starting the final round seven shots behind. Five days earlier he had called off wedding to Caroline Wozniacki after invitations had been sent out.

July 20 - Wins third major title by two shots from Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler in the Open Championship, leading from start to finish at Royal Liverpool.

August 3 - Comes from three behind Garcia in the final round to win first World Golf Championship title in the Bridgestone Invitational.

August 10 - Wins third tournament in succession and second major in four weeks in the US PGA Championship at Valhalla.

Video

McIlroy welcomed at Stormont by political leaders, minus the Claret Jug

Nine-year-old Rory McIlroy chips golf balls into washing machine on the Kelly Show

Rory McIlroy vs The Robot

Reaction at Holywood Golf Club as Rory McIlroy wins his third major title

McIlroy wins the Claret Jug at the 2014 Open Championship

Rory McIlroy celebration after winning the 2014 Open at Royal Liverpool

Further reading

McIlroy savours incredible run after winning US PGA Championship - his fourth Major title

Rory McIlroy is still in awe of Tiger Woods' prowess

McIlroy back on top of the world as he beats Sergio Garcia for Bridgestone Invitational win

Biting Back: Rory McIlroy's love life is a non-story

Rory McIlroy could complete Grand Slam before he turns 26

Knox: I'll help McIlroy win Masters

Rory McIlroy autograph row brought out the serially offended

Rory McIlroy up there with Northern Ireland's Best 

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