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Jack Nicklaus hails impressive level of quality at Valhalla

By Robert Jones

Jack Nicklaus deemed the US PGA Championship won by Rory McIlroy as great theatre after the Northern Irishman's dramatic success in near darkness at Valhalla. Nicklaus, winner of 18 major championships, witnessed McIlroy claim his second major title in four weeks and a third win in succession.

Nicklaus wrote on Twitter: "It was really a great tournament. It was great theatre. Great golf, actually.

"It was one of the best tournaments to watch – because of such good play – that I have seen in a long, long time.

"Henrik Stenson played fantastic... Phil Mickelson was unbelievable. Just pure guts and really great golf. And Rickie Fowler was simply terrific.

"He played well all the way down the stretch, until he couldn't see at 18. No one could.

"Then Rory got the right break at the 10th hole with a great shot – he made the right break at 10 with that second shot (to set up an eagle). He was off and running from there."

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