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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Rory McIlroy's monster shot at PGA 10th has been lauded as best of the century

Happy families: Rory McIlroy is congratulated by dad Gerry after completing a comeback on the back nine to clinch the US PGA title

Rory McIlroy has hit thousands of wonderful shots in his career, but he may never hit a better one than his approach to the 10th par five at Valhalla in Sunday's US PGA victory.

It was caught magnificently on camera as he launched the ball 281 yards down the fairway, landing in precisely the right spot to roll up onto the green just left of the pin to set up the eagle chance he needed to repel the surges of Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.

McIlroy had been rightly praised for not recklessly going for broke on the par fives and, indeed, he had opted to lay up with his second on that hole in the previous three rounds.

But on Sunday, having lost the one-shot lead he'd held at the start of the round, he knew something more adventurous was required and he used every pound of his newly developed strength to muscle the ball onto the putting surface.

He was the only player in the final round to go for the green on the 595-yard double dogleg 10th in two.

It has already been described as the shot of the century and it will go down in history as one of the most important – and brilliant – that the Ulsterman will ever hit.

Ironically, three days earlier, during the first round, McIlroy recorded a double-bogey seven.

But he certainly made up for that when he holed that eagle putt to get back into contention in stunning fashion and then go on and win the Championship. Dramatic and incredible.

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